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Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Volume 8, April 2015

Hannah Bahnmiller
Pages 71-80

The Intersections between Self-Deception and Inconsistency
An Examination of Bad Faith and Cognitive Dissonance Hannah Bahnmiller

The relationship between the concepts of bad faith, coined by Jean-Paul Sartre, and cognitive dissonance, developed by Leon Festinger, is often misunderstood. Frequently, the terms are over-generalized and equivocated as synonymous ideas. This paper attempts to clarify the intricacies of these two concepts, outlining their similarities and differences.

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