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Ulysses and the Sirens: studies in rationality and irrationality

Author: Elster, Jon Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP) 1979.Language: EnglishDescription: 193 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0521223881Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index


CONTENTS Ulysses and the Sirens Ulysses and the Sirens Preface and acknowledgements I PERFECT RATIONALITY: BEYOND GRADIENTCLIMBING page vii 1 Introduction 2 The locally maximizing machine 3 The globally maximizing machine 4 Strategic behaviour in animals and men 5 Functionalist explanation in sociology IMPERFECT R A T I O N A L I T Y : ULYSSES A N D THE SIRENS Introduction Towards a definition Pascal Descartes Inconsistent time preferences Endogenous change of preferences Precommitment in animal behaviour Abdication from power Some conclusions and further questions 111 P R O B L E M A T I C R A T I O N A L I T Y : SOME U N R E S O L V E D P R O B L E M S IN T H E T H E O R Y O F RATIONAL BEHAV IOUR 1 Introduction v lmes without solutions xicographic preferences bjective probability axirnizing, satisficing and natural selection .aditional behaviour and random behaviour plaining altruism constancy' radox ld so what? RATIONALITY: CONTRADICTIONS OF THE IND troduction ate we If-deception res

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