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Why Shouldn't I Lie?

Shahrar Ali tackles one of the perennial challenges of ethics.

Why shouldn't, or should, I lie? Are there situations, or exceptional circumstances, in which I may be excused from lying, in order to avoid greater harm or to protect the good? Should I sometimes be required to lie? Is lying, other things being equal, no worse than the deliberate intent to deceive without resort to lying? This lecture will take a look at the epistemological, psychological and moral consequences of lying and deceit for the indivdiual and society against the backdrop of philosophers' views.

Dr Shahrar Ali is a founder member of the London School of Philosophy. His PhD from UCL articulated, A Theory of Intentional Deception and Lying, with special reference to public life. He is recent author of, ‘Is there a justifiable shoot-to-kill policy?’ in Discourses and Practices of Terrorism (Routledge, 2010) and the bestseller Why Vote Green (Biteback 2010).



Dr Shahrar Ali | talks


Date and Time:

23 October 2011 at 11:00 am


2 hours



Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034

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