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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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Deception and the Nature of Truth

Deception and the Nature of Truth

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The Philosophy of Deception

Michael P. Lynch

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that thinking about deception can teach a great deal about the nature of value and truth, what one can expect from a theory of truth, and why some truth theories are doomed to inadequacy. It opens with an account of the nature of lying and how it should be distinguished from deception. It then reviews several ways in which the connections between deception and truth shows what a workable theory of truth would have to look like. Finally, it offers a concise and persuasive argument that there is something intrinsically valuable about the truth, even if that intrinsic value is merely psychological. All things being equal, people simply prefer the truth.

Keywords:   truth, truth theory, lying, deception

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