In the Studio: Professor Denery Discusses the History of Lying

Associate Professor of History Dallas Denery’s new book, The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to Enlightenment, has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, Slate Magazine, The Independent and other publications. The Chronicle of Higher Education called the book “an excellent new history of Western thinking on deception.”

Denery recently sat down in Bowdoin’s studio with his colleague Steve Perkinson (Bowdoin’s Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History) to chat about The Devil Wins. They discussed, among other things, how Denery came up with the idea for the book, why some of our notions of the Middle Ages might need tweaking, and whether lying in some cases has ever been considered morally acceptable.

 

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