Lying, Playing, and Virtue

Activity: Talk or presentation typesSchools engagement


This talk concerns the ethics of 'lying', which is a topic in the A level curriculum for Ethics and Religion, but approaches it from a different angle. I suggest for discussion that 'lying' is too nebulous a concept, and we can helpfully distinguish 'deceiving' and 'playing' or 'making believe.' I use a number of increasingly contentious examples to anchor my definitions of the two, and pump the audience's intuitions about when and why either can be right or wrong.
Period24 Nov 2017
Held atColston School, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • lying
  • deception
  • play
  • make-believe
  • Ethics
  • virtue
  • virtue ethics