Practical Self-Deception

Humana Mente 5 (20) (2012)
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Abstract

Philosophical accounts of self-deception almost invariably treat it as a phenomenon concerning belief. But this article argues that, in the very same sense that we can be self-deceived about belief, we can be self-deceived about matters that concern our practical identities — e.g., our desires, emotions, values, and lifestyles. Given that our practical identities are at least as important to us as are our beliefs, philosophical accounts of self-deception should accommodate such practical self-deception.

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Eric Funkhouser
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Self-Deception Unmasked.Alfred R. Mele - 2001 - Princeton University Press.
Deciding to believe.Bernard Williams - 1973 - In Problems of the Self. Cambridge University Press. pp. 136--51.
Practical induction.Elijah Millgram - 1997 - Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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