Ethical Nature of a Lie

Topics: Morality, Lie, Ethics Pages: 4 (1004 words) Published: July 20, 2013
In Partial Fulfillment

of the Requirements of the Course

Philosophy II: Ethics

Submitted by:

KEIZEN DANICA S. ARNADO
JUFFER DENN C. BORNALES
JENNIFER T. CAÑETE
LIEZEL CONAHAP
COLEEN MONIQUE GALON
SUNSHINE JADE A. LUNA
RUBY ORTEGA
LARRY PASTOR
RACHEL MAE RECIO
LOVELY TUANZON

Submitted to:

MR. JIOLITO BENITEZ
Professor

March 19, 2013

I.Essay

Lie. A three letter word that can make or break a life. Although doomed, lying is an act that has become a common behavior. Through ages lying had grown so natural to people — an avoidable part of human nature. The Oxford dictionary defines a lie as "an intentionally false statement used in order to deceive". I should say, this definition is inaccurate. A lie communicates information, believing it to be untrue, which is intended to deceive or mislead. What makes a lie a lie is that the liar intends to decieve the person they are lying to by providing them an information, but I believe that the information use to mislead need not be false with bad intentions.

People lie for a reason. And there are many reasons why people lie. A lie comes in many forms and variations depending on the situation it is to be used in. A lie may be intended to accomplish something; it may be geared towards sparing other people’s feelings; it may be to disguise the oft-humiliating fact that we do not know the truth or can’t remember it; it may be fallacious conclusions or extrapolations based on true assumptions or statements; or, it may conceal or remove true information and thus mislead others. Whatever these are, one thing is certain, we lie to cover up the truth because we are afraid that it might produce hazard.

Whether traversing an action to get away from castigation or insinuate an erroneous statement to induce or beguile, lying is still an art, in which if mastered, can be a very useful tool in life. It is functional because lies are used for many different purposes. But...
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