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February 13th, 2006
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US Airways voucher; [NJ]ohari windows

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Date:February 14th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
I wasn't thinking totally clearly when I wrote this post. I probably should have mentioned that I, in a perhaps foolish show of bluster, explicitly said in my letter to them that I would not patronize them any more unless this matter was satisfactorily addressed. (Meaning it would make my statement into a lie to do so; not that I necessarily have an ethical problem with lying to a big corporation, particularly one that cheated me.)

I will hold back on revealing my own opinions any more than that at the moment, as that seems the only way to get useful feedback from others about this.
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Date:February 14th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
You can't lie retroactively. So long as you really believed it at the time, you weren't lying, even if you changed your mind afterwards.

Well, so says this ethicist.
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Date:February 14th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
You're right; I forgot that “lie” isn't just a synonym for “untruth”. Incidentally, my statement wasn't really a truth or a lie; it was more like bullshit, in Frankfurt's sense—that is, I didn't say it because it was true or false, I said it because I thought it was (slightly) more likely to produce the desired effect (although I did also determine at the time I wrote it that I would abide by it, if only to avoid internal inconsistency).
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