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This anthology provides a set of distinctive selections that explore both Western and Eastern views of lying and truthfulness.
Hackett Readings in Philosophy is a versatile series of compact anthologies, each devoted to a topic of traditional interest in philosophy or political theory. Selections are chosen for their accessibility, significance, and ability to stimulate thought and discussion. Click here to see the complete Table of Contents.
"Lying and Truthfulness is an excellent collection of readings, dealing with the issues surrounding lying and truth telling. One of its merits is that the readings come from both the Eastern and Western traditions of philosophical thought. But one should not see this as a collection focused on a narrow topic. By opening up a view of the foundations of ethical thinking, it encourages a wide-ranging discussion of the integrity of our ethical customs and habits. What one finds oneself engaged with here is the entirety of our moral horizon. The editors have provided a good introduction to guide one’s thinking. I highly recommend it."
—Ted Vaggalis, Drury University
"This is an original arrangement of source material compiled from a pantheon of recognized moral sleuths. More than a handy compilation of dos and don'ts, it presents contexts from east and west. Selections are short, enticing, and trenchant."
—Phillip J. Lioi, Polk State College
About the Authors:
Kevin DeLapp is Professor of Philosophy at Converse College.
Jeremy Henkel is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wofford College.
Part 1. What Is A Lie?
- 1. Augustine
- 2. Grotius
- 3. Aristotle
- 4. Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parvan
Part 2. Is It Morally Permissible to Lie?
- 5. Confucianism
- 6. Kant
- 7. Mahābhārata, Karṇa Parvan
- 8. Plato’s Gorgias
- 9. Plato’s Republic
- 10. Sunzi & Han Feizi
- 11. Aquinas
- 12. Discourse to Prince Abhaya
- 13. Lotus Sutra
- 14. Hobbes
- 15. Hume
Part 3. What Is The Value of Truthfulness?
- 16. Locke & Bacon
- 17. Mahābhārata, Śānti Parvan
- 18. Discourse on the Parable of the Water Snake
- 19. Nietzsche
Part 4. Recent Developments
- 20. The State of the Art
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