From self-deception to self-control

Croatian Journal of Philosophy 14 (3):309-323 (2014)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
‘Intentionalist’ approaches portray self-deceivers as “akratic believers”, subjects who deliberately choose to believe p despite knowing that p is false. In this paper I argue that the intentionalist model leads to a number of paradoxes that seem to undermine it. I claim that these paradoxes can nevertheless be overcome in light of the rival hypothesis that self-deception is a non-intentional process that stems from the influence of emotions upon cognitive processes. Furthermore, I propose a motivational interpretation of the phenomenon of ‘hyperbolic discounting bias’ which highlights the role of emotional biases in akratic behavior. Finally, I argue that we are not the helpless victims of our irrational attitudes, insofar as we have the ability – and arguably the epistemic obligation – to counteract motivational biases.
Categories
(categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
1333-1108
PhilPapers/Archive ID
CORFST-2
Revision history
Archival date: 2015-12-11
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Philosophical Investigations.Wittgenstein, Ludwig
The Evolution of Misbelief.McKay, Ryan T. & Dennett, Daniel C.
Heuristics and Biases: The Psychology of Intuitive Judgment.Gilovich, Thomas; Griffin, Dale & Kahneman, Daniel (eds.)

View all 43 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2015-12-11

Total views
296 ( #15,154 of 50,145 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
22 ( #27,132 of 50,145 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.