Honesty and persistence in the pursuit of knowledge has long been a central moral idea of Western philosophy.
(from Harry Potter and Philosophy edited by David Bagget and Shawn E. Klein)
Key Lessons on Self-deception:
- Self-deception cannot insulate a person from disturbing reminders of the truth.
- Self-deception often will spread beyond the original denial to related issues.
- Self-deception easily becomes a habitual method of avoiding painful truths.
Books in this paper
- David Nyberg, The Varnished Truth: Truth Telling and Deceiving in Ordinary Life
- Robert Solomon, What a Tangled Web: Deception and Self-Deception in Philosophy
- David Goleman, Vital Lies, Simple Truths