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"Fingarette's book on the topic is so firmly and deservedly entrenched it is 'essential reading.'"—Roger Squires, Editor, The Philosophical Quarterly

"It was Herbert Fingarette, in his book Self-Deception, who made the theme of self-identity central in thinking about self-deception. . . . Quite simply, it is the most important single work on the topic. It is a classic that merits staying in print for many years to come." Mike W. Martin, author of Self-Deception and Self-Understanding

"Since 1962 our writings on self-deception have been largely directed at the two philosophers who are to be thanked most justly and warmly for keeping interest in self-deception alive: Professor Herbert Fingarette of the University of Cailfomia, Santa Barbara, and the late Jean-Paul Sartre." —John King-Farlow and Richard Bosley

"The best treatment of self-deception I know to date remains that of Herbert Fingarette in Self-Deception."—Ronald B. deSousa, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

"A classic." —Robert C. Solomon, author of The Passions

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"Fingarette's book on the topic is so firmly and deservedly entrenched it is 'essential reading.'" (Roger Squires, Editor, The Philosophical Quarterly)

"It was Herbert Fingarette, in his book Self-Deception, who made the theme of self-identity central in thinking about self-deception. . . . Quite simply, it is the most important single work on the topic. It is a classic that merits staying in print for many years to come." Mike W. Martin, author of Self-Deception and Self-Understanding)

"Since 1962 our writings on self-deception have been largely directed at the two philosophers who are to be thanked most justly and warmly for keeping interest in self-deception alive: Professor Herbert Fingarette of the University of Cailfomia, Santa Barbara, and the late Jean-Paul Sartre." (John King-Farlow and Richard Bosley)

"The best treatment of self-deception I know to date remains that of Herbert Fingarette in Self-Deception." (Ronald B. deSousa, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto)

"A classic." (Robert C. Solomon, author of The Passions)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition, With a New Chapter edition (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520220528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520220522
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Max on April 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you are willing to take a deep dive into the slippery topic of self-deception, then this book is the book for you. The author takes a decidedly philosophical and academic knife to the topic. Usually, I don't like this kind of approach because it's not a "page-turner." In fact, it's a difficult book to read. Thank goodness it's short.

However, given the deep challenges associated with understanding the dynamics of self deception, the author's argument makes more sense because he does a great job outlining the failures of the extant literature before he attempts to reframe the problem, which he does brilliantly. The idea that self deception is not a problem of belief systems but rather an issue of identity; that is, fractures, dissociations, and "disavowals" related to one's identity concept makes perfect sense.

After reading this book, I see the world in an entirely new way. Highly recommended.
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By Goldilocks on December 23, 2013
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Interesting book. Author knows his subject well and makes very good points about human behavior. I would buy other books by the same writer.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John J. Gibbs on October 30, 2009
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the author is a brilliant professor of philosophy.

this book examines personal responsibility in a succinct manner.

i recommend this book for serious students of philosophy, psychology, law, sociology.

it is also a wonderful guide for personal self-examination.

Dr.Fingarette is one of the most brilliant authors i have ever encountered.
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