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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, Deception, and the Way of the World

Self-Deception, Deception, and the Way of the World

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The Philosophy of Deception

David Sherman

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues against the usual ways of understanding self-deception on the grounds that such ways operate with too thin a notion of truth and true belief. It outlines a more adequate way of understanding truth, deception, and self-deception through an account of sociohistorical truth and sociohistorical deception developed out of Kant and Hegel. Crucial to the story is the division between first-order belief formation and second-order belief formation: the space between these two is, the chapter argues, the space of self-deception. It uses Heidegger to bolster this account, and concludes with a strikingly original analysis of the relationship between self-deception and Sartre's notion of bad faith.

Keywords:   self-deception, truth, sociohistorical deception, Kant, Hegel, belief formation, Heidegger, Sartre, bad faith

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