Self-deception and self-knowledge: Jane Austen’s Emma as an Example of Kant’s Notion of Self-Deception

Jeanine M. Grenberg


In this paper, I address the theme of harmony by investigating that harmony of person necessary for obtaining wisdom. Central to achievement of that harmony is the removal of the unstable, unharmonious presence of self-deception within one’s moral character.

Palabras clave

Kant; Harmony; Self-deception; Self-knowledge; Wisdom

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Kant's writings

All reference to Kant will first reference the Akademie edition page numbers, followed by

the page numbers of the following Cambridge translation of Kant’s works:

Critique of Pure Reason (1999). PaulGuyer and Allen Wood, trs., Cambridge, Cambridge

University Press.

Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (1998). Mary Gregor, trs., Cambridge,

Cambridge University Press.

The Metaphysics of Morals (1996). Mary Gregor, trs., Cambridge: Cambridge University


Other references

Austen, J. (2008). Emma, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Grenberg, J. (2013). Kant’s Defense of Common Moral Experience: A Phenomenological

Account. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

—————(2005). Kant and the Ethics of Humility: A Story of Dependence, Corruption

and Virtue. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

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