The principle of charity tries toexplain the importance of interpreting the behaviors or utterances ofother people in a manner that presents the maximum meaning of thosebehaviors or words. For a better indulgence of the principle ofcharity, there is a need to understand the way people do things andwhy they do them, and this involves the interpretation andtranslation that really matters (Hardy et al., 2015). Most likely,people translate what they observe into an explanation as to why theyhave observed they did. Therefore, applying the principle of charityinvolves asking some questions like how can one interpret behaviorsobserved in a way that those behaviors will appear more reasonable.The following is an example of a case scenario where the principle ofcharity is violated.


Frank and Jay are good friendsthey school together and reside in the same dormitory. One morning,Frank did not feel like attending classes because he had not finishedhis assignments, so he told Jay to tell the tutor that he was notfeeling well as the reason he would not make it to class. Frankshouts to him “you liar! You are not sick, get up and go to class”but Jay begged Frank to pass the message. Later on in class, Frankreported to the teacher that Jay is lying in bed and did not feellike coming to class. Frank violated the principle of charity bymisrepresenting Jay’s reason in a weakened form. The original formstated that Jay did not go to class because he was sick, but Frankpresented it in a weak form that Jay did not go to class because hewas not feeling like going. This led to Jay being punished.

In the above example, it is clearthat Frank did this because he thought it was closer to what Jaywanted him to say. Meaning, Frank was justified to say and do allthat he did in conveying the message to the tutor. The message couldhave been well delivered in case it existed in writing.


Hardy,J., Foster, C., &amp Zuniga y Postigo, G. (2015). Withgood reason: A guide to critical thinking