Lying to others, lying to yourself, and literal self-deception

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This paper examines the connection between lies, deception, and self-deception. Understanding this connection is important because the consensus is that you cannot deceive yourself by lying since you cannot make yourself believe as true a proposition you already believe is false–and, as a liar, you must assert a proposition you believe is false. My solution involves refining our analysis of lying: people can lie by asserting what they confidently believe is true. Thus, self-deceivers need not replace one belief with another; rather, they may just increase existing credence in a proposition they already believe is true.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • credence
  • deception
  • Lying
  • self-deception
  • sincerity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


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