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The Philosophy of Deception$
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Clancy Martin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327939

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327939.001.0001

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Lying, Deception, and Related Concepts

Lying, Deception, and Related Concepts

(p.153) 9 Lying, Deception, and Related Concepts
The Philosophy of Deception

Thomas L. Carson

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a thorough canvass of the literature on the definition of lying available today. It offers definitions of the concepts of lying and deception and explains the distinctions between lying, deception, withholding information, “keeping someone in the dark”, bullshit, spin, and half-truths. It shows that many of the debates about the nature and morality of lying can be reduced to confusions and disagreements about definitions of the different phenomena. It develops its own definition of lying: “deception is intentionally causing someone to have false beliefs”.

Keywords:   lying, spin, half-truths, deception, withholding information, false beliefs, bullshit

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