On Deception

Peg Birmingham

in Difficulties of Ethical Life

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229734
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235186 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

On Deception

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This chapter shows how radical deception presents one of the most difficult challenges for ethical life today, which is totalitarianism. It begins by examining the claim that radical deception has something to do with the destruction of reality. It concludes that radical evil takes the form of a totalizing logic that dominates the whole of reality. When this occurs, nothing of an original archive remains.

Keywords: archive; radical evil; totalitarianism; reality; deception; ethical life

Chapter.  7470 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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