Destigmatizing the exegetical attribution of lies: the case of Kant

Ian Proops, Roy Sorensen

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Charitable interpreters of David Hume set aside his sprinkles of piety. Better to read him as lying than as clumsily inconsistent. We argue that the attribution of lies can pay dividends in historical scholarship no matter how strongly the theorist condemns lying. Accordingly, we show that our approach works even with one of the strongest condemners of lying: Immanuel Kant. We argue that Kant lied in his scholarly work and even in the first Critique. And we defend the claim that this lie attribution, strange as it may sound, amounts to a kind of scholarly charity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-768
Number of pages23
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number4
Early online date20 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023


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