The Liar's Tale: A History of Falsehood

By: Campbell, Jeremy

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Fireflies Find mates by duping rivals with patterns of deceptive flashes. Politicians win elections by distorting statistics and telling half-truths. The devices of falsehood, whether simple exaggeration, pretense, or barefaced lies, are hard to resist and easy to employ.

Now, in a provocative work that turns Sissela Bok's Lying on its head, Jeremy Campbell presents a daring inquiry into the nature of deception. With insight into rhetoric, language, and the sciences, Campbell launches his discussion with Darwin and evolutionary biology, and from there builds a foundation of philosophical evidence that is both counterintuitive and highly engaging. We encounter the purism of the ancients and their battles with the Sophists, the many faces of falsehood decried by Montaigne, the dark ethos of Kant and Nietzsche, and the reckless shift made by Derrida and the postmodernists favoring "meaning" at the expense of truth. Unsettling and highly original, The Liar's Tale is sure to provoke a new debate about truth and ethics.

Title: The Liar's Tale: A History of Falsehood

Author Name: Campbell, Jeremy

Categories: Philosophy,

Edition: First Printing

Publisher: New York, W W Norton & Co Inc: 2001

ISBN Number: 0393025594

ISBN Number 13: 9780393025590

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 017754

Description: Small remainder mark lower fore-edges. "Accessible, dynamic, and utterly convincing - a provocative work that unsettles some of our most treasured beliefs about truth, ethics, and knowledge."