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Mendacium Nobile

"Mendacium Nobile"
"The Noble Lie"

Good responses to such a horrible thing:

A Critique of Noble Lies And The “Theologies” They Create

Why I Oppose Noble Lying Today

Now this brings us to today. If there are any truths within theology, they are philosophical, psychological, sociological, or scientific truths which can be had without theology and which we can reformulate and teach to people without any needed reference to superstitions people regularly confuse for facts. Theological ideas in some cases are both literally and philosophically false and/or harmful in practice. In other cases, they are literally false but to some extent capable of philosophical reformulation in ways that are relatively true or productive of goodness.

Since I think that an honest reading of psychology, history, and politics,  and a correct understanding of ethics, all vindicate prioritizing the maximum cultivation of the average person’s autonomy consistent with social order and overall flourishing, I think we should give people the truth, straight up. We should engage with everyone in a philosophically and scientifically sincere way. If we are engaging in useful fictions like literature or art, we should not in any way use it for noble lie purposes which tries to teach people philosophical truths by getting them to believe in literal lies. We should let them decide the relative value of fictions for themselves, knowing full well they are fictions and not literal truths they must accept.


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