Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality

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Jon Elster

Translated to Russian by I. Kushnareva; under scientific editing by A. Morozov. Moscow: Gaidar Institute Press, 2018. – 296 p.

ISBN 978‑5‑93255‑522‑4

Sour Grapes aims to subvert orthodox theories of rational choice through the study of forms of irrationality. Dr Elster begins with an analysis of the notation of rationality, to provide the background and terms for the subsequent discussions, which cover irrational behaviour, irrational desires and irrational belief. These essays continue and complement the arguments of Jon Elster's earlier book, Ulysses and the Sirens. That was published to wide acclaim, and Dr Elster shows the same versatility here in drawing on philosophy, political and social theory, decision-theory, economics and psychology, as well as history and literature.