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Hypocrisy and Moral Authority

Isserow, Jessica; Klein, Colin


Hypocrites invite moral opprobrium, and charges of hypocrisy are a significant and widespread feature of our moral lives. Yet it remains unclear what hypocrites have in common, or what is distinctively bad about them. We propose that hypocrites are persons who have undermined their claim to moral authority. Since this self-undermining can occur in a number of ways, our account construes hypocrisy as multiply realizable. As we explain, a person’s moral authority refers to a kind of standing that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy
DOI: 10.26556/jesp.v12i2.224
Access Rights: Open Access


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