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Real Self-Deception

Mele, Alfred R. (1998) Real Self-Deception. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Self-deception poses tantalizing conceptual conundrums and provides fertile ground for empirical research. Recent interdisciplinary volumes on the topic feature essays by biologists, philosophers, psychiatrists, and psychologists (Lockard & Paulhus 1988, Martin 1985). Self-deception's location at the intersection of these disciplines is explained by its significance for questions of abiding interdisciplinary interest. To what extent is our mental life present--or even accessible--to consciousness? How rational are we? How is motivated irrationality to be explained? To what extent are our beliefs subject to our control? What are the determinants of belief, and how does motivation bear upon belief? In what measure are widely shared psychological propensities products of evolution?

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:belief; bias; contradictory beliefs; intention; motivation; self-deception; wishful thinking
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:295
Deposited By:Mele, Alfred
Deposited On:19 May 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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