Alchemies of the Mind Rationality and the Emotions

ISBN-10: 0521644879

ISBN-13: 9780521644877

Edition: 1999

Authors: Jon Elster

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Jon Elster argues that whilst neurophysiology and laboratory experiments can provide much information when studying the emotions, one should also learn from the great writers and thinkers of the past.
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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Jon Elster is Professor of Rationalit� et sciences sociales at College de France, and Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University. He is author of Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective .

Preface and acknowledgments
A Plea for Mechanisms
Introduction
Explaining by mechanisms
Proverbial mechanisms
Mechanisms in Montaigne
Mechanisms in Tocqueville
Some elementary mechanisms
Molecular mechanisms
From mechanisms to laws
A plea for disaggregation
Emotions Before Psychology
Introduction
Aristotle on the emotions
The French moralists
Emotion in literature
Social Emotions in Historical Context
Introduction
Shame and social norms
Envy in social life
Honor, duels, and feuds
Rationality and the Emotions
Introduction
The nature of emotion
Rationality and the emotions; Appendix
Alchemies of the Mind
Introduction
Transmutation
Misrepresentation; Coda
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