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The Varnished Truth: Truth Telling and Deceiving in Ordinary Life
by David Nyberg
University of Chicago Press, 1993
Cloth: 978-0-226-61051-1 | Paper: 978-0-226-61052-8
Library of Congress Classification BJ1421.N83 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 177.3

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Everyone says that lying is wrong. But when we say that lying is bad and hurtful and that we would never intentionally tell a lie, are we really deceiving anyone? In this wise and insightful book, David Nyberg exposes the tacit truth underneath our collective pretense and reveals that an occasional lie can be helpful, healthy, creative, and, in some situations, even downright moral.

The Varnished Truth takes us beyond philosophical speculation and clinical analysis to give us a sense of what it really means to tell the truth. As Nyberg lays out the complexities involved in leading a morally decent life, he compels us to see the spectrum of alternatives to telling the truth and telling a clear-cut lie.

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