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Meeting 17: Hypocrisy

  • Aug 18, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Professor Steven Ross will lead this meeting.

HYPOCRISY: What’s wrong with being a hypocrite? If it's wrong, why exactly is it wrong? Why does the hypocrite so often evoke greater moral outcry or outrage in us than the non-hypocrite who commits actions we consider more severely immoral or illegal? Do some varieties of hypocrisy deserve more sympathy on our part? Consider this defense of one form of hypocrisy: many or most of us strive for ethical ideals that exceed our ability to live up to, and thus hypocrisy is, in part, a positive sign, a measure of our high standards.

I'm particularly excited about the readings for this meeting: philosopher Harry Frankfurt's "book" (actually about 10 pages) On Bullshit.

Available at More -> Files.

Also visit these pages for a general (very very short - less than 1 page each) overview of the topic:

http://philosophytalk.org/blog/2012/07/hypocrisy

http://philosopherinthemirror.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/moral-hypocrisy-and-how-to-avoid-it/

http://www.overcomingbias.com/2006/12/resolving_your_.html

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  • Cressida

    very enjoyable exploration of the topic! Thanks to Justine and all who participated.

    August 18, 2013

  • Randall

    Consistently impressed by the creative choice of topic and the richer-than-expected conversational reward from participating. Prior to this event, I thought hypocrisy was such an obvious concept that there was no real nuance to discuss. I stand humbled and corrected in my outlook. An excellent presenter, great (new) space, and worthwhile participation from all who attended.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Kam

    as a relatively new interested person, what is the $12 paying for?

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Ron H.

    Will this be on a Sunday evening or late afternoon, as has been the case up till now?

    July 20, 2013

  • Sasha

    interested in attending when this has place/date.

    July 20, 2013

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