Self and Deception: A Cross-Cultural Philosophical Enquiry

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This volume contains essays by a range of distinguished philosophers on the problem of self-deception, or rather, self and deception. The work proceeds from the assumption that changing constructions of self within Western cultures, and alternative notions of self in other cultures requires that we rethink traditional strategies for explaining the phenomenon of self-deception. The concept of self is central to any sustained inquiry into self-deception, the pertinent issue being what sort of self is victim (or ...
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Overview

This volume contains essays by a range of distinguished philosophers on the problem of self-deception, or rather, self and deception. The work proceeds from the assumption that changing constructions of self within Western cultures, and alternative notions of self in other cultures requires that we rethink traditional strategies for explaining the phenomenon of self-deception. The concept of self is central to any sustained inquiry into self-deception, the pertinent issue being what sort of self is victim (or beneficiary) of self-deception. Several of the authors here base their thinking on the model of "other-deception," and include discussion of the notions of double selves, multiple selves, and subsystems of the self, to address this troubling problem. Other authors argue that "other-deception" is not an adequate or reliable model to guide our thinking on this issue. The psychological and moral dimensions of self-deception generate a rich discussion, as do its epistemic implications. The concept of emotionality also receives sustained attention.
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The question of whether self-deception is a moral failure or a social adaptation is given a philosophical cross-cultural investigation by 16 philosophers coming from Eastern and Western perspectives. They question the possibility of self-deception and the nature of Self, drawing on traditional philosophical inquiry, postmodern teasing, Confucian constructions, Buddhism, and the perspectives of Nietzsche and Indian novelists Raja Rao and R.K. Narayan. Many of the essays base their thinking on a model of "other-deception" which inevitably leads to the notion of double selves, multiple selves, and subsystems of self. A little white lie appears much more complicated than one would think. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791430316
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1996
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 On the Very Possibility of Self-Deception 31
2 The Vital but Dangerous Art of Ignoring: Selective Attention and Self-Deception 53
3 User-Friendly Self-Deception: A Traveler's Manual 73
4 Self, Deception, and Self-Deception in Philosophy 91
5 Bad Faith and Kitsch as Models for Self-Deception 123
6 Unloading the Self-Refutation Charge 143
7 Falsity, Psychic Indefiniteness, and Self-Knowledge 161
8 A Confucian Perspective on Self-Deception 177
9 A Confucian Construction of a Self-Deceivable Self 201
10 The Classical Chinese Self and Hypocrisy 219
11 Our Names Are Legion for We Are Many: On the Academics of Deception 241
12 A Half-Dressed Emperor: Societal Self-Deception and Recent "Japanokritik" in America 263
13 Facing the Self with Masks: Perspectives on the Personal from Nietzsche and the Japanese 287
14 Self-Deception: A Comparative Study 315
15 Self-Deception and Cultural Contextualization: Reflections on Two Indian Novels 327
16 Ritual, Self-Deception, and Make-Believe: A Classical Buddhist Perspective 349
Contributors 365
Index 369
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