Faking It

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In this book polymath William Ian Miller probes one of the dirty little secrets of humanity: that we are all faking it much more than anyone would care to admit. He writes with wit and wisdom about the vain anxiety of being exposed as frauds in our professions, cads in our loves, and hypocrites to our creeds. He finds, however, that we are more than mere fools for wanting so badly to look good to ourselves and others. Sometimes, when we are faking it, our vanity leads to virtue, and we actually achieve something worthy of esteem and praise William Ian Miller is the Thomas G. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He has also taught at Harvard, Yale, Chicago, and the Universities of Bergen and Tel Aviv. His previous books include The Mystery of Courage (Harvard University Press, 2000) and The Anantomy of Disgust (Harvard University Press, 1997).
 

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In this refreshing book, Miller (Univ. of Michigan Law Sch.; The Mystery of Courage) considers the human propensity for fraudulence and the correlative fear of being found out. He makes us laugh as he ... Read full review

Contents

Looking Bad in Order to Be Good
20
Virtues Naturally Immune to Hypocrisy
31
Hey Wanna F ?
48
In Divine Services and Other Ritualized Performances
58
Mandatory Faking and Apology
77
Hoist with His Own Petard
109
The Primordial Jew
132
Authentic Moments with the Beautiful and Sublime?
154
Role as Addiction
167
Boys Crying and Girls Playing Dumb
186
False Immodesty 2 II
211
Afterword
232
Works Cited
266
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William Ian Miller is the Thomas G. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He has also taught at Harvard University, Massachusetts, Yale University, Connecticut, the University of Chicago, the University of Bergen and Tel Aviv University. Professor Miller holds a JD and a PhD in English, both earned at Yale University. His various books, including most recently The Mystery of Courage (2000) and The Anatomy of Disgust (1997), have enjoyed critical acclaim throughout the world.

William Ian Miller is the Thomas G. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He has also taught at Harvard University, Massachusetts, Yale University, Connecticut, the University of Chicago, the University of Bergen and Tel Aviv University. Professor Miller holds a JD and a PhD in English, both earned at Yale University. His various books, including most recently The Mystery of Courage (2000) and The Anatomy of Disgust (1997), have enjoyed critical acclaim throughout the world.