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Faking It by William Ian Miller 0521830184 9780521830188
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Faking It by William Ian Miller

In this book William Ian Miller probes one of the dirty little secrets of humanity: that we are all faking it much more than anyone would care to admit. He writes with wit and wisdom about the anxiety of being exposed as frauds in our professions, cads in our loves, posers in our acts of kindness, and hypocrites to our creeds. Why do we so often mistrust the motives of our own good deeds, thinking them fake good deeds, even when we get full credit for them? We know that many roles are supposed to be nothing more than fakery of a sort, playable with one hand tied behind ones back; we know that virtue itself cuts all kinds of deals with a benign form of hypocrisy that keeps us polite, kind, and acting properly. Yet we still feel tainted by what we think are our own half-hearted performances in the various social roles we must play. Much of this book deals with just that self-tormenting self-consciousness. How can we get at the truth of our identities and motives, the authentic us, beset as we are with vanity and self-deception on the one hand, and self-doubting anxieties of authenticity on the other? Miller follows an ancient tradition of moral writing whose primary article of faith is that humankind is inescapably vain, comical, and foolish, though nonetheless, both in spite of and because of these traits, capable of extraordinary achievements. In the end we are more than mere fools for wanting so badly to look good to ourselves and to others. Sometimes when we are faking it we actually achieve something worthy of esteem and praise. That is the virtue of our vanity. Book jacket.

Author: William Ian Miller

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 304

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2003-08-18

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ISBN: 0521830184

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