Lying, Secrecy, and Privacy

Letto da: Cliff Robertson
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Most people think it's wrong to lie, but sometimes telling the truth seems more hurtful than lying. Secrecy protects the truth and maintains our privacy, but it also can be a way of covering up lies. In an age of instant communication and information glut, what are the limits of privacy? Do public figures forfeit their privacy? Are some people, such as doctors, lawyers, and clergy, more obligated to keep secrets than others?

The Morality in Our Age series examines the historical and philosophical background of today's most pressing moral challenges. Though a final "answer" is notoriously elusive in moral discussion, you'll develop a much better insight into the forces and principles at play on today's most serious moral issues, problems, and dilemmas.

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  • 26/10/2019

Some great thinkers and principles, some filler

I wanted to get at some foundational, philosophical thinking (and at least some quick and salient catch-phrases therefrom). I found some here: bits of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Locke, and Mill. There is some nice clear reflection and thinking-through on its main topics that is welcome. Into the middle and later half, came a few deficiencies. One is that this work is quite dated, and I admit I was on notice for that. Then too, its most recent thinking is pretty shallow, as in (paraphrased) gee whiz, computers sure are changing ways our personal info is used! And this predates even the universal cellphone and GPS era, not to mention big data and the new tools of surveillance and analysis. There is nothing here on the better sci-fi (actually, on any fiction) that foresaw and warned about bits of our present. This one is heavy on philosophers, which is fine, and then it more recently (and in this book's second half) shades into some academic mediocrities (in my opinion) who sort of wallow around the topic in densely opaque yet shallow academy-speak. It is overall a nice treatment of basics, and that really is what I sought. I got about 50 percent of what I was after, so about half was up to par. It does not take its best threads and run with them, though.