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Self and Deception: A Cross-Cultural Philosophical Enquiry

by 

Roger T. Ames and Wimal Dissanayake (eds.)

Publisher:

Albany, New York: State University of New York Press

Available From: CUP Services
Publication Date: 1996
ISBN: 0-7914-3032-4
Binding: paper
Pages: vii, 373

 

This volume contains essays by a range of distinguished philosophers on the problem of self-deception, or rather, self and deception. The work proceeds from the assumption that changing constructions of self within Western cultures, and alternative notions of self in other cultures requires that we rethink traditional strategies for explaining the phenomenon of self-deception.

The concept of self is central to any sustained inquiry into self-deception, the pertinent issue being what sort of self is victim (or beneficiary) of self deception. Several of the authors here base their thinking on the model of "other-deception," and include discussion of the notions of double selves, multiple selves, and subsystems of the self, to address this troubling problem. Other authors argue that "other-deception" is not an adequate or reliable model to guide our thinking on this issue.

The psychological and moral dimensions of self-deception generate a rich discussion, as do its epistemic implications. The concept of emotionality also receives sustained attention.

© State University of New York

Review

"The book is a provocative trailblazer in that it explores the problematic issues of 'self' and 'deception,' and particularly, 'self-deception," not only from an epistemological perspective but also from cross-cultural dimensions. While the approach is primarily philosophic, the work is pregnant with implications for cognitive science, cultural anthropology, sociology of knowledge, decision-making theory, and even theoretical biology."

Leo Chang
Regis College