Is it okay, "good" even, to lie to a friend in order to spare his or her feelings?


Moral law dictates that lying to a friend in order to spare their feelings is not permissible. According to Immanuel Kant and deontology, lying in any instance is immoral and therefore not allowed. Jeremy Bentham and utilitarianism, a part of consequentialism, state that people will always attempt to maximize pleasure and minimize pain and in some instances make lying okay. Lying is immoral in the instance of attempting to keep a friend from feeling pain by telling them the truth, i.e. if they a...

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