The Importance Of Lying In Blackburn's Being Good

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Throughout life, people are faced with moral decisions that will impact not only themselves but also, the people they surround themselves with. One of these moral decisions people encounter daily is truthfulness in their actions and words. In Blackburn’s novel, “Being Good”, he states “It is not easy to find a stable attitude to the stringency of the prohibition of lying.” I agree with his quote because everyone tends to lie no matter the magnitude of the lie, in order to protect themselves and the people they care about. Although Blackburn believes it is only ethical to lie on occasion, German philosopher, Immanuel Kant affirms that lying is always morally wrong, no matter what the situation is. Though lying can be seen as a deplorable action,…show more content…
When parents tell their children how great the pictures they drew in school even though were realistically mediocre, is a primary example of dishonesty for the better of others. One of the roles of parents is to provide their children with optimism and support so they learn to be motivated and strive for success. Despite their children’s flaws in certain skills, parents feel obligated to provide them with dishonesty because their kids desire positivity about themselves. Lying is one way to protect people’s feelings about themselves. Philosopher Immanuel Kant has a completely different perspective on the moral righteousness of lying. Kant believes it is unethical and sinful to lie no matter what situation presents itself. “Kant finds it especially offensive, contrasting the ‘dim, moles’ eyes fixed on experience’ with the ‘eyes belonging to a being that was made to stand erect and look at the heavens’. Kant believes in the ideology of promise keeping and if you break your promise, it is considered…show more content…
Blackburn believes that although lying is immoral, it is justified to lie under circumstances to protect themselves and the people they care about. However, Kant has a different approach, claiming that lying under any circumstance is unethical and as a result, sinful. Therefore, I agree with Blackburn’s quote “It is not easy to find a stable attitude to the stringency of the prohibition of lying.” This statement reflects the ideology that although lying is not righteous it is favorable under certain

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