The Truth About Lying: With Some Differences Between Men and Women

The Truth About Lying: With Some Differences Between Men and Women

Stephen J. Costello

Language: English

Pages: 150

ISBN: 190830846X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A forthright and fascinating study that takes us on a profound journey into the intricate and intriguing nature of the dynamics of lying. Provocative while amusing, this is a pithy primer on the act and art of lying.

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that a homosexual is not a homosexual as the table is a table or as the red-haired man is red-haired. He must put himself beyond, must escape to live, to avoid judgement. Yes, he is not what he is. Human reality can’t be completely or finally defined by patterns of conduct. Fine, but he lays claim to not being homosexual in the sense in which the table is not an inkwell and to that extent he is in bad faith. The champion of sincerity requires that he acknowledge himself in the name of freedom and

a coward.’ It is the acceptance of not believing what it believes that it is bad faith. Good faith flees this ‘not-believing-what-one-believes’. ‘In bad faith there is no cynical lie nor knowing preparation for deceitful concepts. But the very first act of bad faith is to flee what it can not flee, to flee what it is.’ Bad faith denies itself as bad faith. Bad faith is a threat – permanent and possible – to every project of the human being. And the origin of this risk, according to Sartre, is the

out in an attractive and not too expensive form would likely command a large sale and would be of real practical service to a lot of deep-thinking people. But the only form of lying that is ‘absolutely beyond reproach is lying for its own sake, and the highest development of this is, as we have already pointed out, Lying in Art’. It’s more important to love beauty than truth. And when that day dawns, Vivian will be joyous. Facts will be discredited, truth will be found mourning over her fetters,

where he is but will not tell; you may not deny that he is there (Kant cites a similar example as we shall see). The lie possesses intrinsic malice. Later, some Schoolmen would endorse ‘mental reservations’ and ‘equivocations’ in speech. So the Thomistic answer to the classification of lies is as follows: hurtful lies are mortal sins; officious and jocose lies are venial sins. Are you a mortal or venial sinner, dear reader? Michel de Montaigne In 1572, Michel de Montaigne penned his ‘assays’

‘Coming dear.’ ‘I’ll have one last pint for the road.’ ‘I’d no signal.’ ‘My battery died.’ ‘I didn’t drink too much.’ ‘I’m on my way now’ or ‘I’ll be there in a second.’ ‘I’m stuck in traffic.’ ‘The cheque’s in the post.’ ‘It will never happen again.’ ‘It didn’t mean anything.’ ‘I don’t fancy her.’ ‘I am paying attention; don’t I always?’ The top lies women tell: ‘I’m fine. Nothing’s wrong.’ ‘This isn’t new – I’ve had it for years.’ ‘It wasn’t that expensive’ or ‘I got it in the sales.’ ‘I’m on

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