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Episode 12
"On Self-Deception"
Amelie Rorty

Originally Broadcast: January 10, 2010


Amelie Rorty tells us that self-deception is useful, yet this belief runs counter to much that we hold dear. What of truth and integrity? What of self-knowledge? These question lie at the core of a wide-ranging discussion about who we are, how we relate to the world around us, and our relationship with knowledge. Join Why? for a discussion that helps distinguish self-deception from delusion, ambivalence from skepticism, and how we actually live from how we think we do.

Amelie Rorty is a visiting professor at Boston University and is an honorary lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, at the Harvard School of Medicine. Her teaching career includes posts at Rutgers University, Mount Holyoke College, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and at Brandeis University, where she was professor of the history of ideas from 1995 to 2003. She is the author of Mind In Action (1988), and the editor of numerous books on the concepts of identity and emotion as well as influential studies on Descartes and Aristotle.

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