The Varnished Truth
Truth Telling and Deceiving in Ordinary Life
The Varnished Truth takes us beyond philosophical speculation and clinical analysis to give us a sense of what it really means to tell the truth. As Nyberg lays out the complexities involved in leading a morally decent life, he compels us to see the spectrum of alternatives to telling the truth and telling a clear-cut lie.
1: Truth Telling Is Morally Overrated
Pt. 1: What It Means to "Tell the Truth"
2: Varieties of Truth
3: The Reverse of Truth Has a Hundred Thousand Shapes
4: Showing and Hiding: The Logic of Deception
5: Self-Deception: Weakness or Wisdom?
Pt. 2: What Deception Is For
6: Civility: Revealing and Concealing Our Thoughts
7: Friendship and Altruism: Be Untruthful to Others As You Would Have Others Be Untruthful to You
8: Raising Children: The Right Truth at the Right Time
9: Truth, Verdicts, and Justice
Pt. 3: Deception and Moral Decency
10: Inventing Right and Wrong