Speech Matters

Speech Matters
On Lying, Morality, and the Law
By Seana Valentine Shiffrin
Review by Bob Lane on Tue, May 9th 2017.
      Long before I studied philosophy my father taught me a profound lesson about speech. He was a proponent of the old observation that one  should “say what you mean and mean what you say”. One day as he left for work he asked me, a boy of six, to pick up some trash from the back yard. “I will, Daddy!” said I with enthusiasm. Upon returning that evening he asked if I had completed my chore. Having completely forgotten about my promise, I nevertheless responded “Oh, yes, Daddy!” not even considering that he would have seen the back yard when he drove his pickup into the back. “Good boy,” he said.
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