African Journal of Philosophy and Religious Studies

African Journal of Philosophy and Religious Studies ISSN 1621-4587 Vol. 4 (6), pp. 001-006, June, 2018. © International Scholars Journals


Comparison between the phenomenon of habitual lying with a standard criterion of lying

Stipe Buzar, Borna Jalšenjak, Kristijan Krka *, Josip Lukin, Damir Mladi and Ivan Spaji

Zagreb School of Economics and Management / Croatian Studies - Philosophical Faculty of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb, Jordanovac 110, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia.

Accepted 24 March, 2018


In the paper the authors discuss phenomenon of habitual (or automatic) lying and compare it with a standard criterion of lying. Habitual lying seems to occupy middle ground between telling the whole truth and telling a lie with previous intent to deceive. Finally, they try to answer some, it appears, most probable objections to such criterion of habitual lying. The criterion itself rests on the basic distinction between intent to deceive previous or to an act of uttering a false sentence as being true (or vice versa) and an intention implicit in the very act of uttering a sentence.

Key words: Habitual lying, intent to deceive, intention implicit in an act, intention previous to an act, lying, lying automatically, searle, truth-telling, wittgenstein.