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  1. Jon Elster (forthcoming). Executive-Legislative Relations in Three French Constitution-Making Episodes. Manuscrito.[Links].
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  2. Jon Elster (2011). Hard and Soft Obscurantism in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Diogenes 58 (1-2):159-170.
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  3. Jon Elster (2011). Indeterminacy of Emotional Mechanisms. In Pierre Demeulenaere (ed.), Analytical Sociology and Social Mechanisms. Cambridge University Press. 50.
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  4. Jon Elster (2010). Obscurantisme dur et obscurantisme mou dans les sciences humaines et sociales. Diogène 229 (1):231.
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  5. Jon Elster (2010). soCial sCienCe and demoCRaCy. In Dean Moyar (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Nineteenth Century Philosophy. Routledge. 273.
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  6. Jon Elster & Rune Slagstad (eds.) (2010). Elster Og Sirenenes Sang. Pax Forlag.
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  7. Jon Elster (2009). Emotional Choice and Rational Choice. In Peter Goldie (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion. Oup Oxford.
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  8. Jon Elster (2009). Urgency. Inquiry 52 (4):399 – 411.
    It is generally recognized that emotional states induce impatience, in the sense of a heightened preference for early rewards over later rewards. In this article I argue that they also induce urgency, in the sense of a preference for early action over later action. I adduce scattered evidence for the existence of the phenomenon and sketch a possible experiment that might demonstrate it, while also noting that it may be hard to distinguish urgency-based action from action based on the anticipation (...)
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  9. Jon Elster (2008). Reason and Rationality. Princeton University Press.
    "--Daniel Weinstock, University of Montreal "This short book presents a broad synthesis of Jon Elster's work on reason and rationality, and their complex relations to interest and passion.
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  10. Jon Elster & Hélène Landemore (2008). Ideology and Dystopia. Critical Review 20 (3):273-289.
    Bryan Caplan’s Myth of the Rational Voter is deeply ideological and conceptually confused. His book is shaped by pro‐market and pro‐expert biases and anti‐democratic attitudes, leading to one‐sided and conclusion‐driven arguments. His notion that voters are rationally irrational when they hold anti‐market and anti‐trade beliefs is incoherent, as is his idea that sociotropic voting can be explained as the rational purchase of a good self‐image.
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  11. Jon Elster (2007). Agir Contre Soi: La Faiblesse de Volonté. O. Jacob.
    Sur un problème classique - la possibilité du mal en connaissance de cause -, Jon Elster déploie toute la finesse et la puissance des outils philosophiques contemporains pour proposer un tableau complet des facteurs expliquant cette ...
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  12. Jon Elster (2007). Explaining Social Behavior: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. Cambridge University Press.
    This book is an expanded and revised edition of the author's critically acclaimed volume Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences.
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  13. Jon Elster (2006). Fairness and Norms. Social Research: An International Quarterly 73 (2):365-376.
    The term "fairness," in everyday language, seems to be used in two main ways: to express the idea of a fair division of something, and to express the idea of a fair response to the behavior of other people. This latter, by extension, captures the more general notion of reciprocity. Ernst Fehr refers to reciprocity and conditional cooperation as resulting from the operation of social norms. In this paper I suggest a different framework, recognizing differences between social norms and of (...)
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  14. Jon Elster (2006). Throwing a Veil Over Equality: Equality and Hypocrisy in the Revolutionary Era. In Christine Sypnowich (ed.), The Egalitarian Conscience: Essays in Honour of G. A. Cohen. Oup Oxford.
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  15. Jon Elster (2006). Tocqueville on 1789 : Preconditions, Percipitants, and Triggers. In Cheryl B. Welch (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Tocqueville. Cambridge University Press.
  16. Jon Elster (2005). Fehr on Altruism, Emotion, and Norms. Analyse and Kritik 27 (1):197-210.
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  17. Jon Elster (2004). Emotion and Action. In Robert C. Solomon (ed.), Thinking About Feeling: Contemporary Philosophers on Emotions. Oxford University Press. 19-36.
  18. Jon Elster (2003). Marxism, Functionalism, and Game Theory: A Case for Methodological Individualism. In Derek Matravers & Jonathan E. Pike (eds.), Debates in Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology. Routledge, in Association with the Open University. 453.
  19. Jon Elster (2003). The Market and the Forum: Three Varieties of Political Theory. In Derek Matravers & Jonathan E. Pike (eds.), Debates in Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology. Routledge, in Association with the Open University.
  20. Jon Elster (2002). [Book Review] Alchemies of the Mind, Rationality and the Emotions. [REVIEW] Ethics 112 (2):371-375.
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  21. Hannah Arendt, Herbert Marcuse, Michel Foucault, Mark Ourent, Gregory Pence, Robert Nozick, David Schweickart, Allen Wood, Gary Dymski, John Rawls, Richard Arneson, G. A. Cohen, Ann Ferguson, Gregory Kavka, Mary Hawkesworth, Jon Elster, Phillipe van Parijs, Andrew Levine & John Roemer (2001). Philosophy and the Problems of Work: A Reader. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
     
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  22. Jon Elster & Josâe Casas Pardo (2001). Las Limitaciones Del Paradigma de la Elecci'on Racional Las Ciencias Sociales En la Encrucijada : Escritos Seleccionados de Jon Elster. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  23. Jon Elster (2000). Ulysses Unbound: Studies in Rationality, Precommitment, and Constraints. Cambridge University Press.
    Common sense suggests that it is always preferable to have more options than fewer, and better to have more knowledge than less. This provocative book argues that, very often, common sense fails. Sometimes it is simply the case that less is more; people may benefit from being constrained in their options or from being ignorant. The three long essays that constitute this book revise and expand the ideas developed in Jon Elster's classic study Ulysses and the Sirens. It is not (...)
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  24. Jon Elster (ed.) (1999). Addiction: Entries and Exits. Russell Sage Publications.
    Chapter 1 Disordered Appetites: Addiction, Compulsion, and Dependence Gary Watson In both popular and technical discussion, addictive behavior is said to be ...
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  25. Jon Elster (1999). David-Hillel Ruben. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 44:65.
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  26. Jon Elster (1999). Emotion and Addiction: Neurobiology, Culture, and Choice. In , Addiction: Entries and Exits. Russell Sage Publications. 239--276.
     
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  27. Jon Elster (1999). Introduction in Jon Elster, Ed. In , Addiction: Entries and Exits. Russell Sage Publications.
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  28. Jon Elster (1997). Alchemies of the Mind: Transmutation and Misrepresentation. Legal Theory 3 (2):133-176.
    At least since the French moralists—Montaigne, Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, La Bruyère—it has been a commonplace that people can fool themselves as well as others about their beliefs and motivations. In this article, I consider some mechanisms of transmutation and misrepresentation , and their impact on behavior. I argue that deception and self-deception are not merely ex post rationalizations of behavior whose real motive and explanation are found elsewhere, but that they have independent causal and explanatory power. If people, that is, (...)
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  29. Jon Elster (1996). [Book Review] Local Justice, How Institutions Allocate Scarce Goods and Necessary Burdens. [REVIEW] Ethics 106 (2):459-461.
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  30. Jon Elster (1996). Rationality and the Emotions. Economic Journal 106:1386-97.
    In an earlier paper (Elster, 1989 a), I discussed the relation between rationality and social norms. Although I did mention the role of the emotions in sustaining social norms, I did not focus explicitly on the relation between rationality and the emotions. That relation is the main topic of the present paper, with social norms in a subsidiary part.
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  31. Jon Elster (1995). The Empirical Study of Justice. In David Miller & Michael Walzer (eds.), Pluralism, Justice, and Equality. Oup Oxford. 81--98.
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  32. Jon Elster (1995). The Idea of Equality Revisited. In J. E. J. Altham & Ross Harrison (eds.), World, Mind, and Ethics: Essays on the Ethical Philosophy of Bernard Williams. Cambridge University Press. 4--18.
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  33. Jon Elster & Stefaan E. Cuypers (1995). Indirecte Rede Jon Elster Over Rationaliteit En Irrationaliteit. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  34. Jon Elster (1994). [Book Review] Political Psychology. [REVIEW] Ethics 105 (1):183-185.
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  35. Jon Elster (1994). Rationality, Emotions, and Social Norms. Synthese 98 (1):21 - 49.
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  36. Jon Elster & Nicolas Herpin (eds.) (1994). The Ethics of Medical Choice. Distributed in the Usa and Canada by St. Martin's Press.
     
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  37. Jon Elster (1993). Desires and Opportunities: Alexis de Tocqueville's Political Psychology. Journal of Political Philosophy 1 (2):137–157.
  38. Jon Elster (1993). Ethical Individualism and Presentism. The Monist 76 (3):333-348.
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  39. Jon Elster (1991). Local Justice and Interpersonal Comparisons. In Jon Elster & John E. Roemer (eds.), Interpersonal Comparisons of Well-Being. Cambridge University Press. 98--126.
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  40. Jon Elster & John E. Roemer (eds.) (1991). Interpersonal Comparisons of Well-Being. Cambridge University Press.
    In this volume a diverse group of economists, philosophers, political scientists, and psychologists address the problems, principles, and practices involved in comparing the well-being of different individuals. A series of questions lie at the heart of this investigation: What is the relevant concept of well-being for the purposes of comparison? How could the comparisons be carried out for policy purposes? How are such comparisons made now? How do the difficulties involved in these comparisons affect the status of utilitarian theories? This (...)
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  41. Jon Elster (1990). Norms of Revenge. Ethics 100 (4):862-885.
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  42. Jon Elster (1989). From Here to There; or, If Cooperative Ownership Is So Desirable, Why Are There So Few Cooperatives? Social Philosophy and Policy 6 (02):93-.
    In this paper I want to discuss a well-known but poorly understood problem: how can socialists reconcile the observed paucity of cooperatives in capitalist societies with their alleged superiority on normative grounds? If cooperatives are so desirable, why don't workers desire them? If one's ideal of socialism is central planning, it is clear enough that it cannot emerge gradually within the womb of the capitalist economy. If instead it is something like market socialism, it is not clear that a discontinuous (...)
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  43. Jon Elster (1989). Solomonic Judgements Studies in the Limitations of Rationality. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  44. Jon Elster (1986). An Introduction to Karl Marx. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  45. Jon Elster (1986). Comments on Krouse and McPherson. Ethics 97 (1):146-153.
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  46. Jon Elster (1986). Comment on van der Veen and Van Parijs. Theory and Society 15 (5):709-721.
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  47. Jon Elster (1986). Reply to Comments. Theory and Society 29 (1-4):65 – 77.
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  48. Jon Elster (1986). Reply to Symposium on Making Sense of Marx. Inquiry 29:65-77.
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  49. Jon Elster (1986). Self-Realization in Work and Politics: The Marxist Conception of the Good Life. Social Philosophy and Policy 3 (02):97-.
    In arguments in support of capitalism, the following propositions are sometimes advanced or presupposed: the best life for the individual is one of consumption, understood in a broad sense that includes aesthetic pleasures and entertainment as well as consumption of goods in the ordinary sense; consumption is to be valued because it promotes happiness or welfare, which is the ultimate good; since there are not enough opportunities for consumption to provide satiation for everybody, some principles of distributive justice must be (...)
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  50. Jon Elster (1986). The Possibility of Rational Politics. Critica 18 (54):17 - 62.
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