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Seeing through Self-Deception : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy - Annette Barnes

Seeing through Self-Deception

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 28th February 1998
ISBN: 9780521620147
Number Of Pages: 194

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What is it to deceive someone? And how is it possible to deceive oneself? Does self-deception require that people be taken in by a deceitful strategy that they know is deceitful? The literature is divided between those who argue that self-deception is intentional and those who argue that it is non-intentional. In this study, Annette Barnes offers a challenge to both the standard characterisation of other-deception and current characterizations of self-deception, examining the available explanations and exploring such questions as the self-deceiver's false consciousness, bias, and the irrationality and objectionability of self-deception. She arrives at a non-intentional account of self-deception that is deeper and more complete than alternative non-intentional accounts and avoids the reduction of self-deceptive belief to wishful belief.

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"Recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers." Choice "We are grateful to Annette Barnes for courageously shedding light on a difficult and important problem." Bela Szabados, Philosophy in Review

Two models of self-deception
The need for an alternative model of self-deception
Functioning to reduce an anxiety; satisfying a desire
Self-deceptive belief formation: non-intentional biasing
False consciousness
Intentional and non-intentional deception of oneself
What, if anything, is objectionable about self- and other-deception?
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ISBN: 9780521620147
ISBN-10: 0521620147
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 28th February 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.4