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date: 01 December 2020

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This chapter examines the work of philosophers on the subject of lying over the last fifty years. In particular, it deals with the work of Roderick Chisholm and Thomas Feehan, Charles Fried, David Simpson, Bernard Williams, Thomas Carson, Roy Sorensen, Don Fallis, Andreas Stokke, and Terence Cuneo. It focuses on their answers to, first, the analytical questions of how lying is to be defined and whether lying involves an intent to deceive, and second, the moral questions of why lying is morally wrong and whether lying is morally worse than other forms of deception. Although their answers to these questions are closely related, it treats them separately. The overall conclusion is that there is much disagreement about the correct answers.

Keywords: Thomas Carson, Roderick Chisholm, deception, definition of lying, Thomas Feehan, Charles Fried, morality of lying, intent to deceive, David Simpson, Bernard Williams

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