Moral Grandstanding

Philosophy and Public Affairs 44 (3):197-217 (2016)
Abstract
Moral grandstanding is a pervasive feature of public discourse. Many of us can likely recognize that we have engaged in grandstanding at one time or another. While there is nothing new about the phenomenon of grandstanding, we think that it has not received the philosophical attention it deserves. In this essay, we provide an account of moral grandstanding as the use of public discourse for moral self-promotion. We then show that our account, with support from some standard theses of social psychology, explains the characteristic ways that grandstanding is manifested in public moral discourse. We conclude by arguing that there are good reasons to think that moral grandstanding is typically morally bad and should be avoided.
Keywords public discourse  deliberation  social morality  polarization  group dynamics  moralizing  bullshit  demagoguery  signaling  social comparison
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DOI 10.1111/papa.12075
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