Self and Deception: A Cross-Cultural Philosophical Enquiry / Edition 1

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Distinguished scholars discuss the problem of self-deception, or rather, self and deception.
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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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791430323
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Roger T. Ames And Wimal Dissanayake

On the Very Possibility of Self-Deception
Brian P. McLaughlin

The Vital but Dangerous Art of Ignoring: Selective Attention and Self-Deception
Annette C. Baier

User-Friendly Self-Deception: A Traveler's Manual
Amélie Oksenberg Rorty

Self, Deception, and Self-Deception in Philosophy
Robert C. Solomon

Bad Faith and Kitsch as Models for Self-Deception
Kathleen Marie Higgins

Unloading The Self-Refutation Charge
Barbara Herrnstein Smith

Falsity, Psychic Indefiniteness, and Self-Knowledge
Joel J. Kupperman
A Confucian Perspective on Self-Deception
A. S. Cua

A Confucian Construction of a Self-Deceivable Self
Robert Cummings Neville

The Classical Chinese Self and Hypocrisy
Roger T. Ames

Our Names Are Legion for We Are Many: On the Academics of Deception
David L. Hall

A Half-Dressed Emperor: Societal Self-Deception and Recent "Japanokritik" in America
William R. LaFleur

Facing the Self with Masks: Perspectives on the Personal from Nietzsche and the Japanese
Graham Parkes

Self-Deception: A Comparative Study
Eliot Deutsch
Self-Deception and Cultural Contextualization: Reflections on Two Indian Novels
Wimal Dissanayake

Ritual, Self-Deception, and Make-Believe: A Classical Buddhist Perspective
Richard P. Hayes



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