The Philosophy of Deception

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This volume gathers together new essays on deception and self-deception by leading thinkers on the subject. The contributors discuss topics including the nature and the definition of deception; whether deception is morally blameworthy or not; attacks against and defenses of self-deception; and the most famous philosophical account of lying by Immanuel Kant. Deception of others and self-deception share many more interconnections than is normally recognized, and these essays reveal the benefits of considering them together.

he Philosophy of Deceptionill be of interest to philosophers across the spectrum including those interested in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and metaphysics.

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"This elegant volume collects fourteen essays that take up, in a wide array of contexts, the issues of deception, self-deception, lying and various other forms of dissimulation. It is an impressive addition to a growing body of work on these topics." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195327939
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2009
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Clancy Martin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: "The Intersections of Deception and Self-Deception,", Clancy Martin
I. The Practices of Deception and Self-Deception
1. "Self, Deception and Self-Deception in Philosophy,", Robert C. Solomon
2. "On Truth, Lies, and Bullshit,", Harry Frankfurt
3. "Deceit in War and Trade,", William Ian Miller
4. "On the Existential Positivity of Our Ability to be Deceived,", Mark A. Wrathall
5. "Self-Deception, Deception, and the Way of the World,", David Sherman
6. "Duplicity Makes the Man, Or, Can Animals Lie?", Kelly Oliver
7. "Lie Catching and Micro Expressions,", Paul Ekman
II. Truth, Lies and Self-Deception: The Theory and the Ethics
8. "Deception and Trust,", Alan Strudler
n 9 "Lying, Deception, and Related Concepts,", Thomas Carson
10. "Deception and the Nature of Truth," by Michael Lynch
11. "The Truth About Kant on Lies,", James Edwin Mahon
12. "Kant's Repugnant Conclusion: Exceptions, Emergencies, and the 'Supposed Right to Lie',", David Sussman
13. "User-Friendly Self-Deception" A Traveler's Manual,", Amelie Rorty
14. "Have I Unmasked Self-Deception or am I Self-Deceived?", Alfred R. Mele

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