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This anthology of original essays by leading writers on self-deception explores what self-deception is, why it occurs, its significance for understanding human beings, and how overcoming it is necessary for achieving self-understanding. The contributors, distinguished philosophers and psychologists including many of the most important previously published writers on self-deception, lay the groundwork for future dialogue on the topic between scholars in the two disciplines.
The wide range of topics discussed includes self-knowledge, self-identity, self-esteem, rationality, authenticity, psychological coping, unconscious processes, excuse making, alcoholism, and weakness of will.
The extensive bibliography will be invaluable to scholars. Yet the volume is accessible enough to provide a text for upper-division courses or, for the uninitiated, a kind of road map of one of man's innermost complexities.
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Mike W. Martin, professor of philosophy at Chapman University, is author or editor of Self-Deception and Morality, Virtuous Giving: Philanthropy, Voluntary Service, and Caring, and Love's Virtures.
Contributors: Robert Audi, Richard Bosley, Benzion Chanowitz, Joel Cooper, Herbert Fingarette, Kenneth J. Gergen, Daniel T. Gilbert, M. R. Haight, John King-Farlow, David Kipp, Ellen J. Langer, Mike W. Martin, C. R. Snyder, Bela Szabados, and Timothy D. WilsonReview:
"A cross-disciplinary collection by philosophers who work on moral psychology and psychologists who work on personality theory." -- Ethics
"This anthology is perhaps the most comprehensive single-volume treatment on the subject of self-deception" -- Journal of Social Philosophy
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Book Description Univ Pr of Kansas, 1985. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0700603964