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Lying with Bar Graphs

This post at The Philosophers’ Magazine is one of a collection of pieces by philosophers on the UK General Election 2017.  I complain about election leaflets carrying bar graphs where the relative sizes of the bars is out of all proportion to the vote shares they supposedly represent.  The lurking philosophical issue is whether the lying/merely misleading distinction can sensibly be applied to pictorial representations as well as to written/verbal language.  (Yes, and such bar graphs are outright lies.)

Not Exactly a Lie, But…

Is it better to be evasive than to tell an outright lie?

This post at Psychology Today distinguishes lying from misleading, and discusses the ethical significance of the distinction, with reference to Jenny Saul’s book Lying, Misleading, and What is Said (OUP 2012).  I was prompted to think about this by my work on a paper ‘Lies and Coercion’, forthcoming in Michaelson and Stokke (eds.) Lying (OUP), but the post doesn’t draw directly on my paper.