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An Essay on Belief and Acceptance$
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L. Jonathan Cohen

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236047

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236047.001.0001

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Self-deceit and the Socratic Paradox

Self-deceit and the Socratic Paradox

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(p.133) V Self-deceit and the Socratic Paradox
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An Essay on Belief and Acceptance
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L. JONATHAN COHEN

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236047.003.0005

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 resolving such may provide insufficient explanations, we may take on a different perspective that entails how self-deceit entails a suppressed thought persists despite how a person persuades himself into accepting a different belief. As such, there are also suggestions of how to resolve the Socratic paradox regarding self-control that may be just as unsatisfactory as in the former case. This chapter attempts to point out the consistencies attributed to how a particular agent's belief that he should not be conducting a certain act to how he accepts that he is actually pursuing this act.

Keywords:   Socratic paradox, self-control, self-deceit, belief, acceptance, paradox

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