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Honesty and Dishonesty: Unpacking Two Character Traits Neglected by Philosophers

Honesty and Dishonesty: Unpacking Two Character Traits Neglected by Philosophers

Christian B. Miller, “Honesty and Dishonesty: Unpacking Two Character Traits Neglected by Philosophers,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 76, no. 1 (2020): 343–62, https://doi.org/10.17990/RPF/2020_76_1_0343.

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Honesty and Dishonesty: Unpacking Two Character Traits Neglected by Philosophers

Type Journal Article
Author Christian B. Miller
Rights © 2020 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 76
Issue 1
Pages 343-362
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283
Date 2020
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2020_76_1_0343
Language English
Abstract There has been almost nothing written in philosophy on honesty in the past fifty years. This paper contributes one piece to a larger project of trying to change this unfortunate state of affairs. In section one, I outline an original account of the behavioural component of honesty as involving being disposed to not intentionally distort the facts as the person sees them. Section two turns to the vice of deficiency, namely dishonesty, which I suggest is the only vice corresponding to honesty. It has at least five different dimensions, and a person’s character needs to be assessed along all of them before an overall judgment as to her dishonesty can justifiably be made.
Date Added 4/30/2020, 12:02:58 AM
Modified 4/30/2020, 11:57:31 AM

Tags:

  • virtue
  • character,
  • cheating,
  • dishonesty,
  • honesty,
  • lying,
  • motivation,

Notes:

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