Perspectives on Self-Deception

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Brian P. McLaughlin, Amélie Rorty
University of California Press, 1988 - Philosophy - 558 pages
Students of philosophy, psychology, sociology, and literature will welcome this collection of original essays on self-deception and related phenomena such as wishful thinking, bad faith, and false consciousness. The book has six sections, each exploring self-deception and related phenomena from a different perspective.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Liars Layers and Lairs
11
Exploring the Possibility of SelfDeception in Belief
29
SelfDeception and the Nature of Mind
63
SelfDeception Rationalization and Reasons for Acting
92
The Peculiar Effects of Love and Desire
123
SelfDeception as Rationalization
157
Partisanship
170
Emotion and SelfDeception
324
Ideology False Consciousness and Social Illusion
345
The Social Context of SelfDeception
364
Social SelfDeceptions
380
Mimetic Engulfment and SelfDeception
390
SelfDeception Autonomy and Moral Constitution
407
What Is Wrong with SelfDeception?
431
SelfDeception and Responsibility for the Self
450

Epistemic Dimensions of SelfDeception
183
SelfDeception and Bad Faith
207
Psychoanalysis and SelfDeception
228
Freud on Unconscious Affects Mourning
246
Toward a Computational Account of Akrasia
264
Pseudorationality
297
Loves Knowledge
487
Error or SelfDeception? The Case of Eduard in Goethes
515
Understanding a SelfDeceiver
535
Bibliography
553
Contributors 559
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Brian P. McLaughlin is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Amélie Oksenberg Rorty is a Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.

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