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Multiple Self

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ISBN-10: 0521346835

ISBN-13: 9780521346832

Edition: 1986

Authors: Jon Elster, Gudmund Hernes, Gudmund Hernes

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The essays in this volume consider the question of whether the self is a unity or whether it should be conceived without metaphor as divided--as a "multiple self." The issue is a central one for several disciplines. It bears directly on the account of rationality and the explanation of individual decision-making and behavior. Is the hypothesis of a multiple self required to deal with the problems of self-deception and weakness of will; and can the conceptual tools developed in the study of interpersonal conflict be applied to the analysis of intra-personal struggle? The essays, by a number of leading philosophers, psychologists, and economists, were all commissioned for this volume.
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Book details

List price: $55.99
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/31/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
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
Notes on contributors
Introduction
Self-deception and the voter's illusion
The goals and strategies of self-deception
Deception and division
Deception and self-deception in Stendhal
Self-deception, akrasia and irrationality
Beyond microeconomics. Conflict among interests in a multiple self as a determinant of value
The mind as a consuming organ
Goethe's Faust, Arrow's Possibility Theorem and the individual decision-taker
The Buddhist theory of 'no-self'
Index of names