The Self-Deceiving Muse: Notice and Knowledge in the Work of Art - Literature and Philosophy (Paperback)Alan Singer (author)
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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 "noticers" 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 innovation. 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 novels, paintings, films, and video art.
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
-Josef Chytry, University of California, Berkeley, and California College of the Arts