On the definition of lying: A reply to Jones and revisions [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 7 (7):509 - 514 (1988)
Standard definitions of lying imply that intending to deceive others is a necessary condition of one's telling a lie. In an earlier paper, which appeared in this journal, Wokutch, Murrmann and I argued that intending to deceive others is not a necessary condition of one's telling a lie and proposed an alternative definition. In a reply which also appeared in this journal, Gary Jones argues that (1) our arguments fail to establish the claim that it is possible to lie without intending to deceive others, and that (2) the objections which we raise for standard definitions apply equally to our own. The present paper argues that one can lie without intending to deceive others. I concede Jones' second criticism and propose a new alternative definition.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 12,997
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Citations of this work BETA
Similar books and articles
Gary E. Jones (1986). Lying and Intentions. Journal of Business Ethics 5 (4):347 - 349.
Andreas Stokke (2013). Lying and Asserting. Journal of Philosophy 110 (1):33-60.
Don Fallis (2009). What Is Lying? Journal of Philosophy 106 (1):29-56.
Thomas Carson (2008). Liar Liar. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 22 (2):189-210.
Thomas Carson (1993). Second Thoughts About Bluffing. Business Ethics Quarterly 3 (4):317-341.
James Edwin Mahon (2008). Two Definitions of Lying. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 22 (2):211-230.
Don Fallis (2010). Lying and Deception. Philosophers' Imprint 10 (11).

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

31 ( #65,177 of 1,410,041 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

3 ( #75,795 of 1,410,041 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.