Belief and self-deception

Inquiry 15 (1-4):387-410 (1972)
Abstract
In Part I, I consider the normal contexts of assertions of belief and declarations of intentions, arguing that many action-guiding beliefs are accepted uncritically and even pre-consciously. I analyze the function of avowals as expressions of attempts at self-transformation. It is because assertions of beliefs are used to perform a wide range of speech acts besides that of speaking the truth, and because there is a large area of indeterminacy in such assertions, that self-deception is possible. In Part II, I analyze the conditions of self-deception, and discuss the grounds on which it is regarded as irrational, even when particular instances may be beneficial. I consider some of the classical analyses of the motives for self-deception, and attempt to give an account of the occasions in which it is likely to occur. In the final section, I discuss the complex organization of the self that is presupposed by the phenomena of self-deception.
Keywords Action  Belief  Epistemology  Intention  Self  Self-deception  Speech Act
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R. B. Braithwaite (1932). The Nature of Believing. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 33:129 - 146.
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Bela Szabados (1977). Fingarette on Self-Deception. Philosophical Papers 6 (May):21-30.
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