Lying, Secrecy, and Privacy

By Professor Mary Mahowald
Read by Cliff Robertson

The Morality in Our Age Series

2.85 Hours 02/06/2006 unabridged
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Most people think it’s wrong to lie, but sometimes telling the truth seems more hurtful than lying. Secrecy protects the truth and maintains our privacy, but it also can be a way of covering up lies. In an age of instant communication and information glut, what are the limits of privacy? Do public figures forfeit their privacy? Are some people, such as doctors, lawyers, and clergy, more obligated to keep secrets than others? The Morality in Our Age series examines the historical and philosophical background of today’s most pressing moral challenges. Though a final “answer” is notoriously elusive in moral discussion, you’ll develop a much better insight into the forces and principles at play on today’s most serious moral issues, problems, and dilemmas.

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Most people think it’s wrong to lie, but sometimes telling the truth seems more hurtful than lying. Secrecy protects the truth and maintains our privacy, but it also can be a way of covering up lies. In an age of instant communication and information glut, what are the limits of privacy? Do public figures forfeit their privacy? Are some people, such as doctors, lawyers, and clergy, more obligated to keep secrets than others?

The Morality in Our Age series examines the historical and philosophical background of today’s most pressing moral challenges. Though a final “answer” is notoriously elusive in moral discussion, you’ll develop a much better insight into the forces and principles at play on today’s most serious moral issues, problems, and dilemmas.

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Author Bio: Prof. Mary Briody Mahowald

Dr. Mary Briody Mahowald is professor emerita at the University of Chicago. Among her books are Women and Children in Health Care: An Unequal Majority, Disability, Difference, Discrimination, Genes, Women, Equality, and Bioethics and Women: Across the Life Span. She has been the principal investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy; had fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Rockefeller Foundation; and served on the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Integration Panel. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 2.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English