Have I Unmasked Self-Deception or Am I Self-Deceived?

In Clancy W. Martin (ed.), The Philosophy of Deception. Oxford University Press. pp. 260 (2009)
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Abstract

This chapter separates the problem of self-deception into two component questions: how it happens and what it is. The key to this chapter's account of self-deception is called “deflationary view”. Self-deception, it notes, does not entail “intentionally deceiving oneself; intending to deceive oneself; intending to make it easier for oneself to believe something; concurrently believing each of two explicitly contrary propositions”. The chapter also offers a discussion of the notion of “twisted self-deception”: the phenomenon of the self-deceived person believing something he or she wants to be false.

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