cimplybe (cimplybe) wrote in thequestionclub,

My Position: If you know what you're saying is false, and the person you're saying it to knows that it's false, and you know they know it's false, then the statement is not a lie, even if it is untrue. The motivation to deceive is what makes it a lie.

His Position: Regardless of motivation, if you give a statement that is untrue and know it's untrue, then it's still a lie.

An Example: *speaker has a black eye* "I fell down."
"I know you really got into a fight, but I'm going to let it go anyway, because it's not worth the bother of filling out the paperwork."
"I knew you'd say that."

The Question: Who do you think is right?
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