This collection of essays focuses on the interface between delusions and self-deception. As pathologies of belief, delusions and self-deception raise many of the same challenges for those seeking to understand them. Are delusions and self-deception entirely distinct phenomena, or might some forms of self-deception also qualify as delusional? To what extent might models of self-deception and delusion share common factors? In what ways do affect and motivation enter into normal belief-formation, and how might they be implicated in self-deception and delusion? The essays in this volume tackle these questions from both empirical and conceptual perspectives. Some contributors focus on the general question of how to locate self-deception and delusion within our taxonomy of psychological states. Some contributors ask whether particular delusions - such as the Capgras delusion or anosognosia for hemiplegia - might be explained by appeal to motivational and affective factors. And some contributors provide general models of motivated reasoning, against which theories of pathological belief-formation might be measured.
The volume will be of interest to cognitive scientists, clinicians, and philosophers interested in the nature of belief and the disturbances to which it is subject.
T. Bayne, J. Fernández, Delusion and Self-deception: Mapping the Terrain. P. Ditto, Passion, Reason, and Necessity: A Quantity of Processing View of Motivated Reasoning. A. Mele, Self-deception and Delusions. M. Davies, Delusion and Motivationally Biased Belief: Self-deception in the Two-factor Framework. M.L. Spezio, R. Adolphs, Emotion, Cognition, and Belief: Findings from Cognitive Neuroscience. E. Pacherie, Perception, Emotions and Delusions: The Case of the Capgras Delusion. P. Gerrans, From Phenomenology to Cognitive Architecture and Back. B.P. Mclaughlin, Monothematic Delusions and Existential Feelings. R. McKay, R. Langdon, M. Coltheart, Sleights of Mind: Delusions and Self-deception. A.M. Aimola Davies, M. Davies, J.A. Ogden, M. Smithson, R.C. White, Cognitive and Motivational Factors in Anosognosia. N. Levy, Self-deception Without Thought Experiments. F. de Vignemont, Hysterical Conversion: The Reverse of Anosognosia? A. Egan, Imagination, Delusion, and Self-deception.