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Pack of Lies Towards a Sociology of Lying

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ISBN-10: 0521459788

ISBN-13: 9780521459785

Edition: 1994

Authors: J. A. Barnes, John Dunn, Jack Goody, Geoffrey Hawthorn

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Defining lies as statements that are intended to deceive, this book considers the contexts in which people tell lies and explores the consequences. The author looks at societies with distinctive religious and ethical traditions where lying is the norm. He also shows how children acquire the capacity to lie at an early age, and learn when it is appropriate to do so. In conclusion, Professor Barnes argues that people are inclined to tell the truth, for apart from the question of morality, there are pragmatic reasons for doing so.
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Book details

List price: $53.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/9/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

A. James Barnes is Dean and Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He previously won a distinguished teaching award from Indiana University’s School of Business.

What is a lie?
Where lies are expected
Ambiguous domains
Cultural diversity
Structural relations
Self-deception and connivance in deceit
Telling and detecting lies
Benign untruths: the discourse of fiction
Do we have to lie?