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¿Por qué mentimos?
¿Por qué mentimos?

¿Por qué mentimos?

Las raíces del engaño y el inconsciente

PHILOSOPHY

272 Pages, 6.5 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $22.00)

Publication Date: November 2012

ISBN 9786074004328

Rights: US & CA

Editorial Oceano de Mexico (Nov 2012)
Oceano

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Overview

Deceit, lying, and falsehoods lie at the very heart of our cultural heritage. Even the founding myth of the Judeo-Christian tradition, the story of Adam and Eve, revolves around a lie. Biology reveals that lies are common occurrences in the natural world: plants and animals utilize falsehoods, deceit, and simulations to survive. Smith shows us how, by examining the stories we tell, the falsehoods we weave, and the unconscious signals we send out, we can learn much about ourselves and our minds. Its focus supports biology and anthropology, as well as psychoanalysis and philosophical reflection.Desde Adán y Eva hasta el Rey Lear, desde Caperucita Roja hasta las promesas de los líderes políticos, desde el "genio maligno" de Descartes hasta la publicidad contemporánea, desde Maquiavelo hasta George Bush, la mentira parece formar parte indisociable del Homo sapiens. Sin embargo, se trata de algo que no se manifiesta sólo en la esfera de lo humano. La biología revela que la mentira es una práctica que recorre también el mundo natural: las plantas y los animales utilizan la falsedad, la impostura y la simulación para sobrevivir. El autor emprende en estas páginas un fascinante y provocador análisis que se adentra en el corazón de la mentira con el fin de entender su naturaleza y características, así como su función y paradójica utilidad. Su enfoque se apoya tanto en la biología y la antropología, como en el psicoanálisis y la reflexión filosófica.

Author Biography

David Livingstone Smith is a professor of philosophy. He is also the co-founder and the current coordinator for the Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology of the University of New England. He has studied related subject material on the psychology of the mind, evolutionary biology, and psychology. He is the author of numerous essays and opinion articles for various large circulation publications, among them Psychology Today and the Wall Street Journal. Among his published books are Freud's Philosophy of the Unconscious, Approaching Psychoanalysis: An Introductory Course Psychoanalysis in Focus and The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War. He lives in Portland, Oregon.