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Single Idea 21033

[catalogued under 3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 3. Value of Truth]

Full Idea

A carefully crafted evasion pays homage to truth-telling in a way that an outright lie does not.

Gist of Idea

Careful evasions of truth at least show respect for it

Source

Michael J. Sandel (Justice: What's the right thing to do? [2009], 05)

A Reaction

Nicely put. He refers to an incident in Kant's life. I think of the great equivocation controversy at the time of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot. See the porter in Macbeth. All I ask is that people care about the truth. Many people don't. Why?

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael: 'Justice: what's the right thing to do?' [Penguin 2010], p.137