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The Journal of Philosophy: January 2009, Vol. 106, No. 1.

What is' Lying? DON FALLIS

According to the standard philosophical definition, lying is saying something that you believe to be false with the intent to deceive. However, people sometimes "go on the record" with something that they believe to be false even though they have no intent to deceive. In response to such examples of nondeceptive lying, it has been suggested that lying is simply asserting something that you believe to be false (where asserting something involves a normative component that goes beyond merely saying something). However, the existing accounts of asserting something give us a definition of lying that still does not capture common usage. This paper argues that the correct definition of lying is that (a) you say something that you believe to be false and (b) you believe that you are in a situation where the following norm of conversation is in effect: "Do not say what you believe to be false."--Correspondence to:
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Publication:The Review of Metaphysics
Article Type:Author abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2010
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