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Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law

Seana Valentine Shiffrin


To understand one another as individuals and to fulfill the moral duties that require such understanding, we must communicate with each other. We must also maintain protected channels that render reliable communication possible, a demand that, this book argues, yields a prohibition against lying and requires protection for freedom of speech. The book makes a distinctive philosophical argument for the wrong of the lie and provides an original account of its difference from the wrong of deception. Drawing on legal as well as philosophical arguments, it defends a series of notable claims—that you ... More

Keywords: communication, lying, freedom of speech, promises, duress, sincerity, fidelity, moral progress, deception, Murderer at the Door

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157023
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157023.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seana Valentine Shiffrin, author
University of California, Los Angeles