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4.1 – Lying 1. Commonsense morality seems committed to there being a constraint against lying 2. Knowing the truth is an extremely valuable means of achieving one’s goals 3. When you tell a lie, you’re robbing someone of information that they need to accomplish whatever it is they wanted to accomplish 4. The “deceived businessman” 4.2 - Promises 1. Another factor relevant for determining the moral status of an act (from the standpoint of commonsense morality) is whether the act in question involves breaking or keeping a promise . 2. If you break a promise, you end up harming the person to whom the promise has been made 3. On an objective theory, your future action or inaction may affect the degree to which your friend’s life was successful 4. If you break a promise, your initial assertion is untrue, and you have told a kind of lie 5. If earlier you said something that, as it turns out, was untrue, you haven’t told a lie if telling a lie requires saying something that at the time you
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This note was uploaded on 10/01/2008 for the course NTRES 3320 taught by Professor Tantillo,j. during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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