The Liar's Tale: A History of Falsehood

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - 368 Seiten
Lies are often so subtle, so deftly woven into easily acceptable truths, that we can fail to recognize them. Turning Sisela Bok's defense of truth in her book Lying on its head, Jeremy Campbell argues that deception should no longer be seen as artificial or deviant, but as a natural part of our world. Beginning with a study of evolutionary biology and the necessity (and ultimate value) of deceit in the animal kingdom, Campbell asks the difficult question of whether falsehood might, in fact, be instinctual. Guiding the reader through classical philosophy to more contemporary thinkers such as Freud and Nietzsche, Campbell links a multitude of disciplines and ideas in lucid and engaging prose. Unsettling some of our most firmly held beliefs about truth and ethics, The Liar's Tale is a riveting work of intellectual history. "This challenging romp through the underbelly of intellectual history...is fascinating and troublesome."--New York Times Book Review "[A] beautifully written book....a crisp and remarkably readable discussion."--John Frohnmayer, The Wilson Quarterly

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THE LIAR'S TALE: A History of Falsehood

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An unusual and boldly compelling history of deception and the decline of truth.Simply put, Campbell claims that lying is part of our true nature: "for better or worse, lying, untruth, is not an ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

Introduction
11
The Horrid Doubt
17
The Evolution of Cunning
31
Enter the Logos
43
The Absolute Talker
58
The Double Truth
74
The Imp of Falsehood
89
The Suicidal Tendencies of Reason
102
A Cloak for Quite Different Impulses
173
Curing by Fiction
186
Pretty Shining Lies
203
A Life of Its Own
220
Playing the Truth Game
235
Giving Truth a Bad Name
252
Language Made Me Do It
266
A Certain Kind of Madness
285

Interlude The Simple Truth
112
The Inner Light
127
Truth at Arms Length
141
The Pleasures of Falsehood
157
Good at Being Human
302
Notes
315
Index
345
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Jeremy Campbell is the author of The Liar's Tale, Winston Churchill's Afternoon Nap, and The Grammatical Man. He is the Washington correspondent for the Evening Standard and lives in Washington, DC.

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