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The Philosophy of Deception$
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Clancy Martin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327939

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327939.001.0001

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Deception and Trust

Deception and Trust

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(p.139) 8 Deception and Trust
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The Philosophy of Deception
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Alan Strudler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327939.003.0009

This chapter addresses the tough question of what makes lying wrong. Using Bernard Williams's idea that deception is wrong because it involves a breach of trust, or it is a manipulation of the dupe by the deceiver, it offers an analysis rich with thought experiments to argue that not all manipulation in deception involves a breach of trust, and that deception that involves a breach of trust may involve a wrong that is distinguishable from that which occurs in other deception. It argues that deception is often a form of legitimate self-defense, and in those instances should be governed by those norms.

Keywords:   Bernard Williams, lying, manipulation, deception, trust, self-defense

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