Autonomy And Benevolent Lies By Thomas Hill

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The Case of Benevolent Lies In “Autonomy and Benevolent Lies” Thomas Hill presents the case of benevolent lies and if they are morally troublesome. Philosophers have been debating the moral difference between a malicious lie, told in order to hurt people, and a benevolent lie. According to Hill benevolent lies are “intended to benefit the person deceived, for no ulterior motives, and they actually succeed in giving comfort without causing main” (Thomas E. Hill). Many argue that benevolent lies are no different from a malicious lie because telling a lie is morally wrong. Others argue benevolent lies and malicious lies differ because of the deliberate intentions. Hill provides the reader with three cases of a benevolent lies. The three cases he presents are the possible suicide of a student which a Professor lies to the student’s mother, the…show more content…
In cases involving benevolent lies many argue these lies are “good lies” because they aren’t causing immediate harm or danger to anyone. Hill contends benevolent lies are wrong not only because they’re a lie, but they violate autonomy. Hill points out autonomy is morally important because it helps explain the right and wrong of different actions. When a benevolent lie is told it interferes with a person’s autonomy by depriving them of knowledge. The knowledge deprives them from the options open to them in the given situation. Hill’s argument is plausible because benevolent lies are troublesome. It is important for someone to have autonomy because if you’re making the decision for someone you can never know if it’s the right one. In the “Mother of Lies” case the mother has violated her daughter’s autonomy because she hasn’t given her the opportunity to decide if she wants to meet her real father. I believe in the right of autonomy; therefore, I object benevolent lies. Furthermore, benevolent lies go against what is morally
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