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Nondoxasticism about Self-Deception

Archer, S; (2013) Nondoxasticism about Self-Deception. Dialectica , 67 (3) 265 - 282. 10.1111/1746-8361.12030. Green open access

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The philosophical difficulties presented by self-deception are vexed and multifaceted. One such difficulty is what I call the ‘doxastic problem’ of self-deception. Solving the doxastic problem involves determining whether someone in a state of self-deception that ∼p both believes that p and believes that ∼p, simply holds one or the other belief, or, as I will argue, holds neither. This final option, which has been almost entirely overlooked to-date, is what I call ‘nondoxasticism’ about self-deception. In this article, I present a negative case for nondoxasticism according to which, in the paradigm case of self-deception, there is no explanatory need to attribute the self-deceived person either their undesired belief that p, or their desired belief that ∼p. Folk psychology is replete with concepts other than belief, and if we bear this in mind, it becomes clear that the explanatory roles for which the self-deceived person's purported beliefs have traditionally been enlisted can be comfortably filled without recourse to belief.

Type: Article
Title: Nondoxasticism about Self-Deception
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1746-8361.12030
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1746-8361.12030
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Authors dialectica published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. on behalf of Editorial Board of dialectica. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469783
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