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Contributed Symposium

IRRATIONAL BELIEFS AND (COLLECTIVE) EMOTIONS

[Speaker] Dolcini, Nevia:1
1:University of Macau (Macao)

Emotions are usually regarded as essential ingredients of accounts of self-deception, a puzzling kind of irrational belief that seriously challenges the subject's doxastic integrity. Philosophers typically consider self-deceptive beliefs as acquired and maintained by the subject in face of adverse evidence, under the pressure of motivations, desires, and/or emotions. My contribution will highlight the social and pragmatic dimension of self-deception, which I propose to be a 'tridimensional' phenomenon, given that: (i) it is sensitive to the subject's motivations and emotions, (ii) it stems from the belief vs. evidence tension, and (iii) it is triggered by the self-deceiver vs. spectators (doxastic) tension. The proposed account applies not only to individual self-deception, but also to the less explored phenomenon of collective self-deception, and thereby stimulates questions about the need for postulating 'collective emotions'.
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