Cover

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Series Page, Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Introduction

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pp. vii-xviii

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The Linguistics of Lying

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pp. 3-80

Lying exists in the world. It is in and around us. It cannot be overlooked. “Omnis homo mendax,” say the Psalms (115:11).9 We might translate: man is a being capable of lying. This definition has the same validity as those that call man a being who can think, speak, or laugh. ...

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Jonah’s Sign: On the Very Large and the Very Small in Literature

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pp. 81-99

It is a true story that Lucian of Samosata and his shipmates got into serious trouble one day. The horrified mariners saw a gigantic whale swimming toward them that was some 1,500 stadia (that is, 150 miles) long. ...

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Politeness, an Affair of Honor

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pp. 100-123

Honor is one thing, politeness another, of course, but it may be worth considering whether and how these two values—if they are values—belong together, both by their very nature and especially by their historical connection. I will explore this question in a three-step argument. ...

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Politeness and Sincerity

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pp. 124-128

Whereas before Kant morality was still expressed in terms of virtues (and immorality in terms of vices), Giovanni Della Casa, the Italian author of a conduct manual titled Galateo (1558), translated into French under the title Galatée (1562), had already speculated about the moral status of politeness. ...

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The Style Is the Man Is the Devil

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pp. 129-149

The title of this essay combines two quotations from French literature. The first comes from the Comte de Buffon and has become proverbial outside France as well. In its usual form it reads: Le style c’est l’homme (The style is the man). ...