To Lie or Not to Lie - Where Is the Question?

Society, Springer, August 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s12115-013-9685-6

4 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2013

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: August 1, 2013


The professor wondered how he should respond to an issue raised by his students. The students, at the Harvard Business School, were debating a case in which a major customer called the CEO of a troubled airline and asked whether the airline would still be around in a few months. The CEO answered that he was not sure. Many students felt that he should have lied. His candor, they said, endangered the future of the airline.

Keywords: ethics, communitarianism

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, To Lie or Not to Lie - Where Is the Question? (August 1, 2013). Society, Springer, August 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s12115-013-9685-6. Available at SSRN:

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