9780521376082-0521376084-Solomonic Judgements: Studies in the Limitation of Rationality

Solomonic Judgements: Studies in the Limitation of Rationality

ISBN-13: 9780521376082
ISBN-10: 0521376084
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Elster, Jon
Publication date: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback 244 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780521376082
ISBN-10: 0521376084
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Elster, Jon
Publication date: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback 244 pages

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Acknowledged authors Elster, Jon wrote Solomonic Judgements: Studies in the Limitation of Rationality comprising 244 pages back in 1989. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0521376084 and 9780521376082. Since then Solomonic Judgements: Studies in the Limitation of Rationality textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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This volume of essays is very much a sequel to the two earlier collections by Jon Elster, Ulysses and the Sirens and Sour Grapes. His topic is rationality--its scope, its limitations, and its failures. Elster considers rational responses to the insufficiency of reason itself and to the "indeterminacies" in deploying rational choice theory, and discusses the irrationality of not seeing when, where, and what these are. A key essay that gives the collection its title examines disputes in cases of child custody that are paradigmatically indeterminate. Leaving aside cases where one parent is patently unfit and assuming that protracted dispute is against the immediate interests of the child, Elster argues that three options present themselves: a strong presumption in favor of the mother, a strong presumption in favor of the primary caretaker, and tossing a coin. Though the first two options may be preferable in the short term, Elster argues that there is a case for randomization in the long term.

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