PHI4674: Lies and Self Deception 3
Prerequisites:At least one of the following (with a B or better grade): PHH 3100, PHH 3400, PHI 3130, PHI 3691 Self-deception is a common phenomenon. In fact, nearly everyone seems to have a friend or family member who they think is self-deceived- e.g., about the faithfulness of his or her lover, about his or her beliefs for (or against) a particular religion or political party, and so forth. This apparent ability to lie to oneself ion the face of the evidence seems to be a rather contemptuous vice. However, recent psychological studies seem to suggest that at least some forms of self-deception are life-enhancing. Thus, it might seem that self-deception can be a virtue. In this course, we examine the nature of self-deception, evaluate its ambiguous ethical status, and reflect on how these insights should affect the way that we live.