Philosophical Forum 36 (3):221–242 (2005)

Leslie A. Howe
University of Saskatchewan
I argue that understanding the self in terms of narrative construction does not preclude the possibility of error concerning one’s own self. Identity is a projection of first and second-order desires and a product of choice in relation to desire. Self-deceit appears in this connection as a response to an identity that one has constructed through choice and/or desire but not acknowledged in one’s self-account, reflecting a conflict between desires or a motivated failure to account. This analysis is applied primarily to acknowledgement of one’s sexual identity.
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