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Can you think of any situations in which lying is acceptab

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Can you think of any situations in which lying is acceptable?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 7 years ago.

My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'd be happy to answer your questions today. Legally acceptable or morally acceptable?
Expert:  HPlawyer replied 7 years ago.
Hello againCustomer

The simple answer: although I believe that lying is generally wrong and to be avoided, the surrounding circumstances ultimately control whether it is acceptable. To give you the classic example, if a Nazi SS officer asks you whether or not you are harboring Jews (and you know that if you say yes, the officer will kill them), I believe that it is not only acceptable to lie in such a scenario, but it is actually ethical.

If you need any more specific clarification or have any follow-up questions, please let me know.

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