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The Aesthetic Significance of the Lying-Misleading Distinction
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Metaphysics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1177-4242
2019 (English)In: British Journal of Aesthetics, ISSN 0007-0904, E-ISSN 1468-2842, Vol. 59, no 3, p. 289-304Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a clear intuitive difference between lying and attempting to mislead. Recent efforts to analyse this difference, and to define lying in ways that respect it, are motivated by the conviction that the difference is important or significant in some way. Traditionally, the importance of the lying-misleading distinction has been cashed out in moral terms, but this approach faces a number of challenges. The purpose of this paper is to suggest and develop a different way in which the lying-misleading distinction might be important: it might matter aesthetically. I propose that the aesthetic significance of the distinction inheres in a more prominent experienced disharmony in lying as compared with attempting to mislead.

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Oxford University Press, 2019. Vol. 59, no 3, p. 289-304
Keywords [en]
lying, misleading, aesthetics of language
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Philosophy
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Aesthetics; Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-395519DOI: 10.1093/aesthj/ayz032ISI: 000493118000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-395519DiVA, id: diva2:1362460
Available from: 2019-10-20 Created: 2019-10-20 Last updated: 2019-11-18Bibliographically approved

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