Is Omission the Same as Lying?

Discussion in 'Ethics, Morality, & Justice' started by jessiej920, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

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    Yes I would agree. Sometimes we are not completely honest because doing so would serve no constructive purpose.
     
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  3. Hipparchia Registered Senior Member

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    Then why bring it up here Fraggle, especially as your take appears to be incorrect. My dictionary gives this as its second defintion for lie: to convey a false impression or practise deception. That seems to cover the idea of lying by omission.

    And I do hope you won't retort that you said the main definition excluded lying by omission. That would be truly playing the pseudo semantics game.
     
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  5. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

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    Hmmm interesting.. Most laws cover lying deliberately and lying by omission in the same verse and therefore have the same penalty.

    Deliberate omission and lying are fundamentally the same thing, in the eyes of the law. Why people seem to feel less guilty about one than the other I'm not sure..
     
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