David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Psychology 10 (1):57-75 (1997)
Hypocrites are generally regarded as morally-corrupt, cynical egoists who consciously and deliberately deceive others in order to further their own interests. The purpose of my essay is to present a different view. I argue that hypocrisy typically involves or leads to self-deception and, therefore, that real hypocrites are hard to find. One reason for this merging of hypocrisy into self-deception is that a consistent and conscious deception of society is self-defeating from the point of view of egoistical hypocrites. The best way for them to achieve their ends would be to believe in the deception, thereby not only deceiving others but also themselves. If my thesis is sound, we ought to be more cautious in ascribing hypocrisy to people, and less harsh in our attitude toward hypocrites
|Keywords||Character Experiment Hypocrisy Science Self-deception|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
John J. Clancy Jr (1971). Hypocrisy. Thought 46 (3):415-425.
Scott F. Aikin (2008). Tu Quoque Arguments and the Significance of Hypocrisy. Informal Logic 28 (2):155-169.
Annette Barnes (1997). Seeing Through Self-Deception. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Mario Heilmann (1997). Self-Deceived About Self-Deception: An Evolutionary Analysis. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):116-117.
John Mitchell (1975). Adolescent Hypocrisy. Journal of Moral Education 5 (1):19-23.
Howard Rachlin & Marvin Frankel (1997). The Uses of Self-Deception. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):124-125.
Clancy W. Martin (ed.) (2009). The Philosophy of Deception. Oxford University Press.
Robert Audi (1997). Self-Deception Vs. Self-Caused Deception: A Comment on Professor Mele. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):104-104.
Alfred R. Mele (1997). Understanding and Explaining Real Self-Deception. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):127-134.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads61 ( #30,906 of 1,679,297 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #60,223 of 1,679,297 )
How can I increase my downloads?