Varnished Truth Truth Telling and Deceiving in Ordinary Life

ISBN-10: 0226610527

ISBN-13: 9780226610528

Edition: 1994

Authors: David Nyberg

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Everyone says that lying is wrong. But when we say that lying is bad and hurtful and that we would never intentionally tell a lie, are we really deceiving anyone? In this wise and insightful book, David Nyberg exposes the tacit truth underneath our collective pretense and reveals that an occasional lie can be helpful, healthy, creative, and, in some situations, even downright moral. The Varnished Truth takes us beyond philosophical speculation and clinical analysis to give us a sense of what it really means to tell the truth. As Nyberg lays out the complexities involved in leading a morally decent life, he compels us to see the spectrum of alternatives to telling the truth and telling a clear-cut lie.
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Truth Telling Is Morally Overrated
What It Means to "Tell the Truth"
Varieties of Truth
The Reverse of Truth Has a Hundred Thousand Shapes
Showing and Hiding: The Logic of Deception
Self-Deception: Weakness or Wisdom?
What Deception Is for
Civility: Revealing and Concealing Our Thoughts
Friendship and Altruism: Be Untruthful to Others As You Would Have Others Be Untruthful to You
Raising Children: The Right Truth at the Right Time
Truth, Verdicts, and Justice
Deception and Moral Decency
Inventing Right and Wrong
Conclusion
Selected Bibliography
Index
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