Self-Deception and Stubborn Belief

Erkenntnis 78 (6):1337-1345 (2013)

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Kevin Lynch
Huaqiao University
Abstract
Stubborn belief, like self-deception, is a species of motivated irrationality. The nature of stubborn belief, however, has not been investigated by philosophers, and it is something that poses a challenge to some prominent accounts of self-deception. In this paper, I argue that the case of stubborn belief constitutes a counterexample to Alfred Mele’s proposed set of sufficient conditions for self-deception, and I attempt to distinguish between the two. The recognition of this phenomenon should force an amendment in this account, and should also make a Mele-style deflationist think more carefully about the kinds of motivational factors operating in self-deception
Keywords Motivated irrationality  Self-deception  Stubbornness
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