Self-imagery and self-deception

Getting to the truth of ourselves

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  • Published 20180501
  • ISBN: 9781925603323
  • Extent: 264pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

Nations and peoples are largely the stories they feed themselves. If they tell themselves stories that are lies, they will suffer the future consequences of those lies. If they tell themselves stories that face their own truths, they will free their histories for future flowerings.

Ben Okri, A Way of Being Free (Head of Zeus, 1997)

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Gabrielle Appleby

Gabrielle Appleby is an associate professor in the UNSW law school and co-director of The Judiciary Project in the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of...

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