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Jean-Charles Longuet

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Telling the truth: are there limits?

Two recent talks focused on "Truth" as something good/moral. Practically, however, some information may cause havoc: the Wikileaks diplomatic data disclosure, for example, coulad have put some people at risk.

How should we manage the decision to disclose (or not) such information? Or manage the moral dilemma when telling a lie may have a positive outcome?

[update 2012/11/25] The conversation initially mixed a few things : Truth is something that is not as obvious as it seems, and Lies are more related to a deceiving/manipulative intention that to the hiding of some Truth.

Anyway, all points of views are welcome.


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      Nov 18 2012: Most of the time, being honest is the good solution, as it maintain trust. However, I am more on the Utilitarian side about this issue. So I would consider the outcome and lie if I considered that the consequences are positive : save someone, escape danger, etc. And I would not feel guilty as it would have be done for a good purpose.

      However, a "good purpose" can be hard to define and may vary depending people. Hence a lot of answers...

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