Biology and Philosophy 32 (2):221-242 (2017)

Authors
Eric Funkhouser
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Abstract
Robert Trivers has proposed perhaps the only serious adaptationist account of self-deception—that the primary function of self-deception is to better deceive others. But this account covers only a subset of cases and needs further refinement. A better evolutionary account of self-deception and cognitive biases more generally will more rigorously recognize the various ways in which false beliefs affect both the self and others. This article offers formulas for determining the optimal doxastic orientation, giving special consideration to conflicted self-deception as an alternative to outright self-delusion. A novel taxonomy of self-deception, as it relates to the beliefs held by others, is also presented. While Trivers makes a plausible case for the adaptive value of certain cognitive biases, a more fragmented and nuanced account of the social forces impacting the evolution of self-deception is needed.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s10539-016-9550-2
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 68,975
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Alief and Belief.Tamar Szabó Gendler - 2008 - Journal of Philosophy 105 (10):634-663.
Self-Deception Unmasked.Alfred R. Mele - 2001 - Princeton University Press.
Do the Self-Deceived Get What They Want?Eric Funkhouser - 2005 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (3):295-312.

View all 15 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

On the Function of Self‐Deception.Vladimir Krstić - 2021 - European Journal of Philosophy 29 (4):846-863.
Reply to Doody.Eric Funkhouser & David Barrett - 2017 - Philosophical Psychology 30 (5):677-681.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Reflections on Self-Deception.William von Hippel & Robert Trivers - 2011 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (1):41-56.
Seeing Through Self-Deception.Annette Barnes - 1997 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
Self-Deception Vs. Self-Caused Deception: A Comment on Professor Mele.Robert Audi - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):104-104.
Self-Deception About Emotion.Lisa Damm - 2011 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (3):254-270.
Deception About the Self: A Hierarchical Account of Self-Deception.David Anthony Patten - 2001 - Dissertation, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Understanding and Explaining Real Self-Deception.Alfred R. Mele - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):127-134.
Belief, Deception, and Self-Deception.Rick Alan Fairbanks - 1990 - Dissertation, University of Minnesota
Self-Deception.Alfred R. Mele - 1983 - Philosophical Quarterly 33 (October):366-377.
The Weightless Hat: Is Self-Deception Optimal?Elias L. Khalil - 2011 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (1):30-31.
The Uses of Self-Deception.Howard Rachlin & Marvin Frankel - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):124-125.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2016-11-25

Total views
45 ( #249,145 of 2,498,184 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #427,476 of 2,498,184 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes