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By Jon Elster

Jon Elster has written a finished, wide-ranging ebook at the feelings during which he considers the whole diversity of theoretical methods. Drawing on heritage, literature, philosophy and psychology, Elster provides a whole account of the position of the feelings in human behaviour. whereas acknowledging the significance of neurophysiology and laboratory test for the examine of feelings, Elster argues that the intense pupil of the feelings can examine extra from the good thinkers and writers of the prior, from Aristotle to Jane Austen. He attaches specific significance to the paintings of the French moralists, particularly los angeles Rochefoucauld, who confirmed the best way esteem and vanity form human motivation. The ebook additionally continues a operating discussion with economists and rational-choice theorists. Combining methodological and theoretical arguments with empirical case-studies and written with Elster's favourite verve and economic system, this e-book has nice cross-disciplinary appeal.

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