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  1. Al-Fārābī Metaphysics, and the Construction of Social Knowledge: Is Deception Warranted If It Leads to Happiness?Nicholas Andrew Oschman - unknown
    When questioning whether political deception can be ethically warranted, two competing intuitions jump to the fore. First, political deception is a fact of human life, used in the realpolitik of governance. Second, the ethical warrant of truth asserts itself as inexorably and indefatigably preferable to falsehood. Unfortunately, a cursory examination of the history of philosophy reveals a paucity of models to marry these basic intuitions. Some thinkers privilege the truth by neglecting the realpolitik, i.e., the truth is inviolate. Others focus (...)
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