Is it ever morally permissible to lie to someone?

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Is it ever morally permissible to lie to someone?  Describe a circumstance in which it seems that lying might make more people happy than telling the truth.  Would lying be the right thing to do in that circumstance, or is it our moral duty to tell the truth, even then?  Consider what Immanuel Kant would say, and explain that with reference to this week’s readings.  Then, offer your own perspective.  If you agree with Kant, consider and respond to an objection to his view.  If you disagree with Kant, explain why.  Discuss the positive and negative aspects of deontological theory as it relates to another of the theories you have encountered in this course. (Remember to cite your sources!)

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  1. Kant, I. (2008). Groundwork for the metaphysic of morals. In J. Bennett (Ed. & Trans.), Early Modern Philosophy. Retrieved from http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/pdfs/kant1785.pdf (Original work published in 1785).
    • Please read the sections from Chapters 1 and 2 marked in red in the document. Immanuel Kant was one of the most important philosophers of the modern period, and this text articulates and defends what some philosophers consider as the definitive expression of deontological ethics, the Categorical Imperative.