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Dietmar Mieth

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Chapter 5: The Basic Norm of Truthfulness: Its Ethical Justification and Universality1

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The Basic Norm of Truthfulness: Its Ethical Justification and Universality1
The basic norm of truthfulness: Its ethical justification and universality
DietmarMieth

Truthfulness is generally considered the basic norm of communication. Is this true? And what consensus exists about it? Or do we accept this norm only if there is no other, greater, and more important norm—such as love of neighbor, or the protection of life, or the assertion of one's own authentic selfhood? And what about another dimension of communication, namely, to bring into communications the flower of imagination, the creativity of fantasy, and the skill of clever lying when telling good stories? Why are we prepared in everyday life to invoke at one moment the norm of truthfulness and at the next moment the right to ...

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