Jul 4th, 2020
In this tenth episode of the Wisdom for Life radio show, hosts Dan Hayes and Greg Sadler examine a common matter in everyday life – lying. What is a lie, and what counts as “lying”? Can lying ever be something good, right, required, or even just all right?
They discuss different ways we can classify and understand lies, including the distinction between white, black, and blue lies. Moral theories help us to understand and evaluate the rightness or wrongness of lies – and why they are right or wrong, good or bad – and they examine lying through the rigorous deontological lens of Immanuel Kant, and the more forgiving utilitarian lens of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill.
They also examine a common issue that frequently arises. What about people who embellish stories? Are they lying? And is that embellishment morally bad, or is it something that contributes to enjoyable communication
They end the show by introducing a very helpful philosophical practice designed to help people develop an understanding of what kinds of lies or deception they engage in, and why they do it, so they can make better choices about these matters