Current philosophical discussions of self-deception remain steeped in disagreement and controversy. In The Self-Deceiving Muse, Alan Singer proposes a radical revision of our commonplace understanding of self-deception. Singer asserts that self-deception, far from being irrational, is critical to our capacity to be acute ticers of our experience. The book demonstrates how self-deception can be both a resource for rational activity generally and, more specifically, a prompt to aesthetic invation. It thereby provides new insights into the ways in which our imaginative powers bear on art and life. The implications--philosophical, aesthetic, and ethical--of such a proposition indicate the broadly interdisciplinary thrust of this work, which incorporates readings of vels, paintings, films, and video art.
Alan Singer is Professor of English at Temple University. His previous books include Aesthetic Reason: Artworks and the Deliberative Ethos (Penn State, 2003).