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Lying in the Philosophy of Law

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How should the law deal with lying? Sometimes the law imposes strict sanctions on liars, as in the case of perjury; in other cases, like bargaining over the price of a car there more limited private law remedies.

We will consider the different arguments in the sub-disciplines as to why lying is morally wrong, and the situations where the requirement for a ‘necessary lie’ is accepted.

We will also examine when legal regulation of lying is deemed appropriate and the circumstances where lying is treated as a collective harm, and not just a harm to the victim.
Short titleLying & Law
Effective start/end date19/02/20 → …