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date: 19 May 2019

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This chapter explores the relationship between lying and truth. It begins with an overview of various inflationary and deflationary approaches to truth, before turning to the question of whether or not a speaker’s testimony cannot be a lie if it is also true. It considers some of the intuitive cases that have been brought to bear on the relationship between lying and truth. More specifically, the chapter is concerned with three ideas of the relationship between lying and truth. The first is the idea that a speaker’s testimony is a lie only if it is false. The second is that a speaker’s testimony is a lie only if it is believed to be false. The third is that a speaker’s testimony is a lie only if it is something that the speaker does not believe.

Keywords: truth, falsity, truthfulness, belief, trustworthiness, assertion

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