The Meta-Ethical Issue of the Nature of Lying: Implications for Moral Education

Studies in Philosophy and Education 21 (1):37-63 (2002)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

I argue that lying has many dimensions, hence, some putativecases of lying may not match our intuitions or acceptedmeanings of lying. The moral lesson we should teach must be that lying is not a simple principle or feature, buta cluster of features or spectrum of shades, where anythingin the spectrum or cluster is considered lying. I argue thatthe view regarding lying as a single principle or featurehas problematic meta-ethical implications. I do a meta-ethicalanalysis of the meaning of lying, not only to indicatesuch problems, but also the need to teach the act ofrational discussion and meta-ethical analysis. I arguethat the process of meta-ethical analysis and rationaldiscussion should be part of moral education, in that itmay help to develop critical thought about the abilityand practice of making good and rational moral judgments

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,174

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2010-09-02

Downloads
62 (#189,409)

6 months
1 (#413,740)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Polycarp A. Ikuenobe
Kent State University

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Principia Ethica.George Edward Moore - 1903 - Dover Publications.
The Structure of Empirical Knowledge.Laurence BonJour - 1985 - Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press.
Knowledge in Perspective: Selected Essays in Epistemology.Ernest Sosa - 1991 - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

View all 17 references / Add more references