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Trust in Speech

In my last post, I discussed the issue of recklessness in speech. Some speech is such that it can cause a loss of trust. Gossip is a particularly good example of that. There are two issues related to trust in speech. The first is what trust is and how it can be lost. The second issue is whether or not a loss of trust in speech is unique to speech in some way. Trust may be applied to a particular a...

What Wrong Speech Distorts

In my last post, I determined that harmful speech was not a wrong act unique in any sense to speech. This leaves lying, deception, promise-breaking and gossip as wrong actions. As of now, these items are simply a list of (potentially) wrong actions. In order to determine when these acts are wrong, we need to understand why they are wrong. Lying and deception may be wrong for many reasons, but the ...

Gossip

Gossip is when we say to someone that we have no right to say. It might be true and we might know that it is true, but it may be secret or private. We may have agreed to keep silent, or signed a contract saying that we would keep silent. In any case, gossip is wrong because we have no right to say something that we are saying. It follows that simply being true is not enough to give us the right to...

Speech and Immorality

Speech is naturally used to communicate to other people. But not all communications to other people are valuable. Some kinds of speech are wrong by their very nature. There are five ways that speech may go wrong: by lying, deception, gossip, harm and rash promises. One of the ways in which speech may go wrong is by lying. Lying is deliberately telling something that we believe to be false. Since s...