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Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life

Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life
Author: Sissela Bok
ISBN 13: 9780375705281
ISBN 10: 375705287
Edition: Updated
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 1999-09-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $16.95

Is it ever all right to lie? A philosopher looks at lying and deception in public and private life—in government, medicine, law, academia, journalism, in the family and between friends.

Lying is a penetrating and thoughtful examination of one of the most pervasive yet little discussed aspects of our public and private lives. Beginning with the moral questions raised about lying since antiquity, Sissela Bok takes up the justifications offered for all kinds of lies—white lies, lies to the sick and dying, lies of parents to children, lies to enemies, lies to protect clients and peers. The consequences of such lies are then explored through a number of concrete situations in which people are involved, either as liars or as the victims of lies.

The New York Times Book Review - Anthony Lewis

A fascinating and exceptionally important book.