Lars Svendsen is Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway. He is the author of many books for Reaktion including A Philosophy of Boredom (2004) and A Philosophy of Loneliness (2017).
'It is better to be fooled occasionally than to go through life with . . . chronic distrust, ' writes philosopher Svendsen in this clever take on lying and telling the truth. . . . And though people can be dishonest, Svendsen remains hopeful that serial lying is an anomaly. His reflections are nuanced, his conclusions smart, and he keeps things free of academic jargon. Philosophy-minded readers will find this an enjoyable and enlightening study. -- Publisher's Weekly What are we to do if we confront lying honestly? . . . Svendsen gives us ready access to the thought of the best and brightest in the philosophical tradition, and he does so with wit, charm, and clarity. But he gives us more than that. He offers considerate advice on questions of utmost importance to living well in a world where lying is a fact. --Jeffrey Kosky, professor of religion, Washington & Lee University, Virginia