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Self-Deception's Puzzles and Processes : A Return to a Sartrean View (Hardcover) (Jason Kido Lopez)
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The contemporary literature on self-deception was born out of Jean-Paul’s work on bad faith—lying to oneself. As time has progressed, this conception has moved further and further away from a conception of self-deception that closely resembles Sartre’s conception of bad faith. In this book, Jason Kido Lopez argues that this is a problematic mistake and that we should return to thinking about self-deception in a Sartrean fashion: self-deception is when a person intentionally uses the strategies and methods of interpersonal deception on him- or herself. Since literally tricking oneself can’t work (one will always see through one’s own self-deception, after all), self-deception merely consists of the attempt to trick oneself in this way. Self-deception, on his view, is just the process of tricking oneself. People have rejected this notion of self-deception historical because it is thought to be paradoxical. I argue, first of all, that it isn’t and, secondly, that moving away from this notion of self-deception has caused problems that continues in the literature today. If the primary goal is simply to avoid the allegedly paradoxical Sartrean notion of self-deception, then there are many views that are equally capable of doing so and this leads to a literature littered with contradictory theories. If not, however, there is no need for all of these theories: staying true to Sartre’s conception gives an interesting psychological phenomenon to study.
Number of Pages: 161
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Author: Jason Kido Lopez
Street Date: August 16, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-24-0858
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