Let's Talk About: Hypocrisy

Our next meetup will focus on: Hypocrisy. There's no entry on this subject in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, so please post other reading materials you may find down in the comments!

The meetup runs as follows: 

1) The moderator selects one subject for discussion and a date for the meeting. Subjects can be as ephemeral as "love," "god," and "purpose," or as grounded as "politics," "environmentalism," and "family." 

2) At the meetup, people are encouraged to propose a question related to the subject. The moderator will collect all of the questions in a list. Questions may also be proposed ahead of time online on the event page.

3) The group will then vote on the questions. In the first round of voting, each individual may vote for as many questions as they like. The top three will then go to a second round, where each individual may vote just once. 

4) The question with the most votes is then discussed. Often, the discussion starts with a narrowing of the question, as it can be challenging to devise a question that can possibly be answered by a small group in just a couple of hours' discussion.

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  • Yen

    Good discussion. I wish we had 2 more hours to discuss the subtopics to include what "hypocrisy" says about one's values and priorities? ...the relationship between hypocrisy and morality, hypocrisy and trust, etc.

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Rob M.

    I refuse to be a hypocrite about my RSVP, so since I'm going to Virginia for the weekend I must sadly be true to it and change it to no :(

    July 10, 2014

    • Bryan

      you will be missed! Enjoy your trip!

      July 12, 2014

  • Yen

    It's always difficult to see hypocrisy in ourselves...that is why we have children? :D

    1 · July 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's why we have "scapegoats" (aka: children for some, terrorist for others, et cetera).

      1 · July 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hypocrisy is a symptom of a life of cowardliness, in which we are afraid of telling the truth therefore we lie! All vices are due to our fear of pain, losing material possession or the false respect of people!

      1 · July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I began reading a Howard Zinn book this morning, and he begins with Columbus' arrival. It compelled me to reflect on a few things. And wondering if Columbus Day might be an appropriate topic for discussion under the present theme of hypocrisy?

    1 · July 3, 2014

  • Christopher P.

    This is a DANGEROUS TOPIC :P

    4 · June 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member


      1 · June 24, 2014

    • Eleanor Elizabeth F.

      Oh? We the discuss-ers are necessarily pure by definition… at least until we tear each other to pieces, right?

      1 · June 25, 2014

  • Eleanor Elizabeth F.

    I nominate THE PREVALENCE OF WITCHES (1947) by Aubrey Menon as the quintessential tract on hypocrisy.

    1 · June 24, 2014

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