Webcast Q&A: 13 February 2011, Question 5
I answered a question on gossip on 13 February 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
What is a proper view of gossip? Should a rationally egoistic person listen to and/or tell gossip about other people? Why or why not?
My Answer, In Brief: Gossip is "casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true." It's fine – even good – to share information about others within one's own community. It's malicious and destructive, however, to tell stories about others with little concern for the truth, that makes the person look bad unfairly, or that concerns private information.
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