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Political Self-Deception

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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108423724

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  • Self-deception, that is the distortion of reality against the available evidence and according to one's wishes, represents a distinctive component in the wide realm of political deception. It has received relatively little attention but is well worth examining for its explanatory and normative dimensions. In this book Anna Elisabetta Galeotti shows how self-deception can explain political occurrences where public deception intertwines with political failure - from bad decisions based on false beliefs, through the self-serving nature of those beliefs, to the deception of the public as a by-product of a leader's self-deception. Her discussion uses close analysis of three well-known case studies: John F. Kennedy and the Cuba Crisis, Lyndon B. Johnson and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, and George W. Bush and the weapons of mass destruction. Her book will appeal to a range of readers in political philosophy, political theory, and international relations.

    • Proposes an alternative model of self-deception
    • Enlarges the understanding of political deception
    • Suggests preventive measures against self-deception
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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108423724
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. The Philosophy of Self-Deception:
    1. Investigating self-deception
    2. The attribution of responsibility to self-deceivers
    Part II. Self-Deception in Politics:
    3. The self-deception of political leaders, officials, and governments
    4. Kennedy and Cuba
    5. Johnson and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    6. Bush and the WMD
    Conclusions.

  • Author

    Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro
    Anna Elisabetta Galeotti teaches political philosophy at the University of Eastern Piedmont, Vercelli. Her publications include Toleration as Recognition (Cambridge, 2002).

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