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The Philosophy of Deception$
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Clancy Martin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327939

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327939.001.0001

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Self, Deception, and Self-Deception in Philosophy

Self, Deception, and Self-Deception in Philosophy

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(p.15) 1 Self, Deception, and Self-Deception in Philosophy
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The Philosophy of Deception
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Robert C. Solomon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327939.003.0002

This chapter introduces many of the themes that are developed in more detail in later contributions: the notion that deception and self-deception are essential to self-maintenance; the suspicion that philosophers place too high a price on the truth, and naively fail to recognize the importance of false beliefs and even lies for human flourishing; the complex nature of both deception and self-deception, and their importance to communication; the observation that lies and self-deceptions are crucial to social interaction; the difficulties of defining lie and deception; and the suggestion that it may be the motives behind a deception and not the deception itself that people find morally blameworthy. Nevertheless, it stresses that the truth is to be prized, and deceptions are to be viewed as a kind of necessary evil.

Keywords:   philosophy, self-maintenance, truth, deception, lies, self-deception, social interaction

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