Monday, December 31, 2012

Pg. 99: Jennifer Saul's "Lying, Misleading, and What is Said"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Lying, Misleading, and What is Said: An Exploration in Philosophy of Language and in Ethics by Jennifer Mather Saul.

About the book, from the publisher:
Many people (both philosophers and not) find it very natural to think that deceiving someone in a way that avoids lying--by merely misleading--is morally preferable to simply lying. Others think that this preference is deeply misguided. But all sides agree that there is a distinction. In Lying, Misleading, and What is Said, Jennifer Saul undertakes a close examination of the lying/misleading distinction. Saul begins by using this very intuitive distinction to shed new light on entrenched debates in philosophy of language over notions like what is said. Next, she tackles the puzzling but widespread moral preference for misleading over lying, and arrives at a new view regarding the moral significance of the distinction. Finally, Saul draws her conclusions together to examine a range of historically important and interesting cases, from a consideration of modern politicians to the early Jesuits.
Learn more about Lying, Misleading, and What is Said at the Oxford University Press website.

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The Page 99 Test: Lying, Misleading, and What is Said.

--Marshal Zeringue