“You might hope that intellectual honesty and self-awareness would be sufficient to prevent people from switching justificatory standards… But my experience is that the human capacity for self-deception is both vast and subtle. It enables us to seize upon any available tool for maintaining the beliefs — particularly about philosophy, religion, and politics — that we prefer, while avoiding full consciousness of its own operation. In fact, it takes a concerted, conscious effort not to engage this otherwise automatic faculty.”
| — | Michael Huemer, Skepticism and the Veil of Perception (2001) |
In academic work, please cite this essay as:
Ricón, José Luis, “Huemer on self-deception”, Nintil (2013-03-10), available at https://nintil.com/huemer-on-self-deception/.