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Annette Baier

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.001.0001

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Why Honesty Is a Hard Virtue

Why Honesty Is a Hard Virtue

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(p.85) 5 Why Honesty Is a Hard Virtue
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Reflections On How We Live
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Annette C. Baier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.003.0005

This chapter focuses on honesty, which comprises of authenticity in the virtue of speakers and uprightness in matters of property. In David Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature, Hume provided a genuine sketch of honesty and avoided deceit in his general portrayal of morality. Alongside honesty, Humes gave insights on dishonesty demonstrated by a liar, a cheat, and a thief. The chapter concludes with the vital role of language to mislead, explaining how language enables people to tell tales, to entertain, or to cover up truths that the automatically truthful body language has not given away.

Keywords:   honesty, uprightness, David Hume, morality, dishonesty, language, body language

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