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Intentional Deception | Simply Philosophy

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In my last post, I discussed accidental deception and showed that it was wrong if reasonable precautions were not taken to avoid it. Intentional deception has two forms. In one, the message understood by the sender is deceptive and in the other, the message understood by the recipient is deceptive. The moral acceptability of one … Continue reading Intentional Deception | Simply Philosophy

Lying is Immoral | Simply Philosophy

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In my last two posts, I discussed two ways of deceiving others and pointed out that both were acceptable at some time or other. But neither form involved the highest form of deception – claiming something to be true when we believe that it is false. Lying is never morally permissible. The first reason why … Continue reading Lying is Immoral | Simply Philosophy

Permitting Deception | Simply Philosophy

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Permitting Deception In my previous post, I set out the basics on why lying is always immoral. But deception is permissible. In order to understand why lying is wrong, further understanding of deception is necessary. Determining when deception is permissible is a matter of justice. In order to act justly, deception may be necessary. But … Continue reading Permitting Deception | Simply Philosophy