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Title: A Language of Deception

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Subject: Philosophy
Date: January 22, 2002
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"The creator only designates the relations of things to men, and for expressing these relations he lays hold of the boldest metaphors (82)." And here is the first act of self-deception as posited by mankind's drive to believe in truth: "we believe that we know something about the things themselves when we speak of trees, colors, snow, and flowers; and yet we possess nothing but the metaphors?which correspond in no way to the original entities (82-83)...

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It does not appear then, that this form of self-deception can be corralled into being branded as a ?lie' based upon the condition of knowing truth and then being untruthful about it. The question of intention does not quite fit either. The formation of concepts is the unintentional "equation of unequal things (83)...

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