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No country for honest men: political philosophers and real politics

Jubb, R. and Kurtulmus, F. (2012) No country for honest men: political philosophers and real politics. Political Studies, 60 (3). pp. 539-556. ISSN 0032-3217

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2011.00934.x

Abstract/Summary

There are limits on the duty to tell the truth. Sometimes, because of the undesirable consequences of honesty, we are morally required not to reveal certain truths and can even be required to lie. In this article, we explore the implications of this uncontroversial claim for the practice of political philosophers. We argue that, given the consequences of misunderstandings and misrepresentations that might occur, political philosophers will sometimes be under a moral duty not to disseminate their research and, in highly exceptional cases, have a moral duty to lie outright.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:46760
Publisher:Wiley

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