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Eliot Michaelson and Andreas Stokke

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743965

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198743965.001.0001

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Lying Among Friends

Lying Among Friends

(p.206) 10 Lying Among Friends

Jorah Dannenberg

Oxford University Press

Why are lies told among friends especially vicious? This chapter argues that friends must regard each other as entitled to claim each other’s trust. It defends this claim by appeal to a conception of friendship that involves a special kind of knowledge between friends, born of voluntary acts of self-disclosure. Yet treating someone as entitled to claim your trust also leaves you especially vulnerable to that person: you must be prepared to let her shape your conception of what the world is like. In extreme cases, you may even find you are obliged to believe things you know you cannot justify to others. The viciousness of lies told among friends can be understood in terms of this special and thoroughgoing form of vulnerability, which a lying friend exploits.

Keywords:   lying, friendship, trust, special obligations, special relationships, telling, Frankfurt, Baker, self-disclosure, intimacy

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