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Lying, Accusations of

  • By: James Edwin Mahon
  • In: Encyclopedia of Deception
  • Edited by: Timothy R. Levine
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Interpersonal Communication, Moral Development

As Bernard Williams has pointed out, “lie” is a thick ethical concept, like “coward” or “kind” or “cruel.” A thick ethical concept both describes and evaluates. Thick ethical concepts are unlike thin descriptive concepts, such as “walk” or “water,” that only ...

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