By Hugo Strandberg
By coming near near the query from the viewpoint of morality and love - the point of view during which other folks rather come into view - Self-Knowledge and Self-Deception illuminates the ways that one turns into seen to oneself via one's family members to others. One primary instance is regret, love's method of commencing to bridge the space among self-deception and self-knowledge.
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11 Here I could say to myself that there was something dishonest to my former scornful expressions. ‘Believing something’ is thus far more complicated than what we often tend to think, and these complications are one thing that makes self-deceptions possible. In other words, when noting the diverse ways in which beliefs are ascribed to someone, we do not meet with the difficulties the one who places the beliefs constituting the self-deception in different parts of the human mind is confronted with.
But a friend of mine told me this, and now I see that he is right. ’ In this case it has always been possible for me to see this. Even though you can call it a mistake about facts, there is no empirical difficulty which must be overcome in order for me to stop making the mistake. Due to the more 38 Self-Deception 39 exact details of the case it is more or less understandable that I have not noticed my way of speaking before. That the phrase ‘deceive ourselves’ was used in the first example marks differences to cases like the latter two.
That my taste is possible to describe in such terms – that this is what this taste represents, collectively speaking – does not mean that I should necessarily be described in those terms. The latter question is a more or less open one; the answer to the question about why I have the taste I have does not have to involve the collective meaning of it. But that I am reluctant to analyze my own taste in such terms does not settle the issue. A process of self-examination may show that what I did not want to understand in collective terms in fact has that kind of significance for me.
Self-Knowledge and Self-Deception by Hugo Strandberg