Is Lying Worse than Merely Misleading?<sup>1</sup>

Jennifer M. Saul

in Lying, Misleading, and What is Said

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199603688
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745454 | DOI:
Is Lying Worse than Merely Misleading?1

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This chapter examines the moral preference for merely misleading over lying. It argues that no such preference can be adequately defended: acts of merely misleading are not, in general, morally better than acts of lying. However, it nonetheless offers a way of making sense of the significance that we assign this distinction in our moral lives, and it also carves out certain special circumstances in which merely misleading genuinely is morally preferable to lying.

Keywords: lying; misleading; ethics; perjury; deception

Chapter.  13172 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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