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Is Honesty the Best Policy?

Jon Dorbolo
Oregon State University
May 6th, 2004, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Stocker 192

oath1sAmerican culture certainly does not act as though honesty were the best policy. Whistle blowers and dissenting voices are routinely punished, while deceivers frequently thrive. It is even questionable whether complete honesty is possible given current social conditions. Yet, when viewed as a goal rather than a trait, complete and radical honesty is a genuine live human option. Is the honest option desirable? What does it require? This seminar will investigate the nature and values of honesty and various forms of dishonesty; such as lying, self-deception, and plagiarism.

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