Picoeconomics: The Strategic Interaction of Successive Motivational States within the Person (Studies in Rationality and Social Change)

4.62 avg rating
( 8 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780521260930: Picoeconomics: The Strategic Interaction of Successive Motivational States within the Person (Studies in Rationality and Social Change)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Originally published in 1992, this book examines an elementary human paradox: that we are endangered by our own wishes; or, as Oscar Wilde put it, 'When the gods want to punish us they answer our prayers.' Even though this observation is ancient and confirmed by wide experience, none of the disciplines that deal with decision making explain it adequately. Dr. Ainslie uses findings from behavioral experiments to show that there is a basic tendency for humans to form temporary preferences for the poorer but earlier of two goals, when the poorer goal is closer at hand. The implications provide a rationale for puzzling behavior, from Frued's defense mechanism to the force of willpower, as well as conspicuous failures of willpower in addictions and other psychiatric disorders. This approach also sheds light on subjects that have been controversial in moral philosophy: weakness of will, self-deception, freedom, and responsibility.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Book Description:

Originally published in 1992, this book examines an elementary human paradox: that we are endangered by our own wishes. Dr. Ainslie examines the basic tendency for humans to form temporary preferences for the poorer but earlier of two goals, when the poorer goal is closer at hand.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780521158701: Picoeconomics: The Strategic Interaction of Successive Motivational States within the Person (Studies in Rationality and Social Change)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0521158702 ISBN 13:  9780521158701
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2010
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Ainslie, George
Published by Cambridge University Press (1992)
ISBN 10: 0521260930 ISBN 13: 9780521260930
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1992. Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP15517232

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 16.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

George Ainslie
Published by Cambridge University Press (1992)
ISBN 10: 0521260930 ISBN 13: 9780521260930
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GlassFrogBooks
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1992. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0521260930-2-4

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 30.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Ainslie, George
Published by Cambridge University Press (1992)
ISBN 10: 0521260930 ISBN 13: 9780521260930
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Better World Books Ltd
(Dunfermline, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1992. Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP97638813

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 25.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.39
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

George Ainslie
Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 0521260930 ISBN 13: 9780521260930
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Discover Books
(Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that’ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2915057461

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 30.33
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Ainslie, George
Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (1992)
ISBN 10: 0521260930 ISBN 13: 9780521260930
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
PsychoBabel & Skoob Books
(Didcot, OXON, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Hardcover in good condition. Jacket is lightly marked and scored. Jacket leading corners, edges and spine ends are worn and creased. Minor score on front board. Minor residue on rear lower edge. Hardcover spine ends are bumped. Page block, front pastedown and FEP are lightly marked. Pages are clean and text is clear throughout. Binding is sound. HCW. Used. Seller Inventory # 439970

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 60.74
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.53
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds