Motivated Irrationality

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Motivated Irrationality

Pears, David

“To explain irrational belief formation and irrational action . . . we may invoke the notions of self-deception and weakness of will. . . . When described in a certain way, these phenomena appear so par-adoxical that doubts have been raised as to their very possibility. David Pear’s Motivated Irrationality is a major step towards this goal. . . .

“It is inevitable that a book of this scope and ambition will be controversial. . . . What ought not to be controversial, however, is that David Pears has given us an outstandingly lucid and intelligent account of matters of the highest importance. It is the first comprehensive and unified treatment of the paradoxes of irrational thought and irrational action.” – Jon Elster, Times Literary Supplement