Saul applied the “Page 99 Test” to her latest book, Lying, Misleading, and What is Said: An Exploration in Philosophy of Language and in Ethics, and reported the following:
Not a bad test, as it's the page on which I'm summarising my view on the ethics of lying vs misleading-- very roughly, I don't think there is a general ethical difference between the two. Though I do wish it had been a page on which I was working through some of the fun examples, like the Jesuit Doctrine of Equivocation. (According to this doctrine, an utterance isn't a lie if I silently think to myself something that makes my words true. So, famously, a Priest may truthfully say "I am not a Priest" as long as he silently thinks to himself "of Apollo." I leave further applications to the reader.)Learn more about Lying, Misleading, and What is Said at the Oxford University Press website.
Writers Read: Jennifer Mather Saul.