SSI2 130

Lies, Secrets, and Power

This seminar focuses on the twin human impulses to conceal and reveal. It explores the ethical considerations necessary to protect such values as privacy, autonomy, equality, and public safety and to minimize the potential violence of lies and secrets. Through the use of ethical analysis and case studies found in biography, memoir, and newspapers, the seminar explores truth telling and secrecy in such areas as child development, intimate relationships, medicine, higher education, social sciences, the military, and government. Throughout, the seminar examines power inequalities and how these affect assessments of the defensibility of lies and secrets. Affiliate department: Religion.