Lying, Misleading, and What is Said: An Exploration in Philosophy of Language and in Ethics

Paperback | June 18, 2015

byJennifer Mather Saul

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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. InLying, 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 puzzlingbut 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 theearly Jesuits.

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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. InLying, Misleading, and What is Said, Jennifer S...

Jennifer Saul is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. She works in Philosophy of Language, Feminist Philosophy and Philosophy of Psychology. She is especially interested in finding ways that philosophical debates (like that over what is said) connect up with real-world concerns (like lying and misleading). And she l...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.37 inPublished:June 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Lying2. The Problem of What is Said3. What is Said4. Is Lying Worse than Merely Misleading?5. Some Interesting CasesConclusionBibliographyIndex

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"Saul's writing is clear and lively, presenting theoretical notions and debates in a manner that should be accessible to readers from a variety of backgrounds. . . . makes real progress on some important philosophical questions, and is an entertaining and rewarding [book] to boot." --Ishani Maitra, Times Higher Education 29/01/2013