The Murkiness of Honesty

Peter Bach as a cancer specialist offers a privileged perspective when he must decide whether to tell his wife the truth about her cancer diagnosis.

The boundaries of honesty have always given me pause. Particularly troublesome are the power imbalances that are often at the center of decisions to ignore the dictates of honesty in a particular instance.

One thing seems certain–always being honest or habitually being dishonest are similarly blameworthy because they ignore the complexities of the dilemma. Sissela Bok’s Lying is an excellent introduction to the intricacies associated with being honest.

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