Abstract

Abstract:

Philosopher Harry Frankfurt has famously coined "bullshit" as a technical term—it refers not to outright lying but rather to a casual indifference to truth. Disregard for truth is accepted and even expected in many contexts, yet it creates conditions for gross injustice and dehumanization. I offer an account of widespread cultural indifference to truth as structural sin, a condition I call "truth indifference." Drawing on Thomas Aquinas's understanding of the virtue of truth (veracitas), I map out the conceptual framework that must be in place before Christian ethicists can provide an adequate moral analysis of structural truth indifference.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2326-2176
Print ISSN
1540-7942
Pages
pp. 97-116
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-02
Open Access
No
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