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Self-deceit and the Socratic Paradox

L. JONATHAN COHEN

in An Essay on Belief and Acceptance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198236047
eISBN:
9780191679179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236047.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

While there may be instances wherein we are tempted to say that some people deliberately deceive themselves, self-deceit is a concept that is evidently paradoxical. Although previous proposals for ... More


Being and Appearing: Self-falsification, Exchange and Freedom in Rousseau and Adam Smith

Charles L. Griswold

in Adam Smith and Rousseau: Ethics, Politics, Economics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474422857
eISBN:
9781474445115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422857.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

We are familiar with the charge that commercial society reduces exchange (social and economic) to a sort of play-acting characterized by bad faith, false consciousness, and estrangement. Rousseau ... More


Williams on Nietzsche on the Greeks

Robert B. Pippin

in Tragedy and the Idea of Modernity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198727798
eISBN:
9780191800672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727798.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In his book Shame and Necessity, Bernard Williams makes common cause with Nietzsche in rejecting the view that the Greek epic and tragic poets had a ‘primitive’ conception of human agency and ... More


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