A Pack of Lies: Towards a Sociology of Lying / Edition 1

A Pack of Lies: Towards a Sociology of Lying / Edition 1

by J. A. Barnes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521459788

ISBN-13: 9780521459785

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Defining lies as statements that are intended to deceive, this book considers the contexts in which people tell lies and explores the consequences. The author looks at societies with distinctive religious and ethical traditions where lying is the norm. He also shows how children acquire the capacity to lie at an early age, and learn when it is appropriate to do so.

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Overview

Defining lies as statements that are intended to deceive, this book considers the contexts in which people tell lies and explores the consequences. The author looks at societies with distinctive religious and ethical traditions where lying is the norm. He also shows how children acquire the capacity to lie at an early age, and learn when it is appropriate to do so. In conclusion, Professor Barnes argues that people are inclined to tell the truth, for apart from the question of morality, there are pragmatic reasons for doing so.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521459785
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Series:
Themes in the Social Sciences Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; l. What is a lie? 2. Where lies are expected; 3. Ambiguous domains; 4. Science; 5. Cultural diversity; 6. Structural relations; 7. Self-deception and connivance in deceit; 8. Telling and detecting lies; 9. Benign untruths: the discourse of fiction; l0. Evaluations; 11. Do we have to lie?.

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