What is Honesty, Are Most People Honest, and How can We Become More Honest?
Honesty is clearly an important virtue, but very little has been written about it in recent decades. We will begin by first noting that honesty pertains to a wide range of behaviors, including lying, misleading, cheating, stealing, self-deception, and hypocrisy. From there I will propose an account of what honesty is, before turning to a quick look at the empirical research on people's dishonest behavior. We will end by considering ways to grow and foster this neglected virtue.
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