Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Dion Scott-Kakures

Reader 2

Greg Antill

Reader 3


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In this thesis I explore the intentionalist account of self-deception and utilize this account to make sense of cases of social self-deception. I explore instances of self-deception involving social phenomena, and arrive at a distinction between cases of social self-deception where deceiver's continue their own deception individually versus cases of social deception where deceivers utilize others in their social context as a means to further their deceptive beliefs. Using Micheal Bratman's account of shared agency, I determine that cases of social self-deception involve shared cooperation between the self-deceiver and likeminded others but interestingly these cases do not reflect shared agency.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.