The Liar's Tale by Jeremy Campbell
A History of Falsehood

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Fireflies find mates by duping rivals with patterns of deceptive flashes. Politicians win elections by distorting statistics and telling half-truths. The devices of falsehood, whether simple exaggeration, pretence or barefaced lies are hard to resist and easy to employ. With insight into rhetoric, language and the sciences, Campbell launches his discussion with Darwin and evolutionary biology and from there builds a foundation of counter-intuitive philosophical evidence. We encounder the purism of the ancients and their battles with the Sophists, the many faces of falsehood decried by Montaigne, the dark ethos of Kant and Nietzsche and the reckless shift made by Derrids and the post-modernists favouring "meaning" at the expense of truth. Unsettling and original, "The Liar's Tale" should provoke renewed interest and debate about truth and ethics.

About Jeremy Campbell

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Jeremy Campbell is the Washington correspondent for London's "Evening Standard" & is the author of "Grammatical Man". He lives in Washington, D.C.
Published January 30, 2001 by Diane Pub Co. 362 pages
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Simply put, Campbell claims that lying is part of our true nature: “for better or worse, lying, untruth, is not an artificial, deviant, or dispensable feature of life.” In fact, human beings, as supremely conniving as we may like to think ourselves to be, are hardly alone when it comes to the abi...

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There is a sense in which truth too can be multifaceted -- scientific truths, poetic truths, political truths -- and, conversely, a single lie can close off the infinite possibilities that a liberating truth offers.

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The Liar's Tale: A History of Falsehood Jeremy Campbell 362pp, Norton, £19.95 Is the love of truth always admirable?

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Despite its subtitle, the book is less a history of falsehood than of the concept of truth, with falsehood as an important corollary.

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