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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 19, Issue 1, Spring 2012

Tony Lynch, A.R.J. Fisher
Pages 32-43
DOI: 10.5840/pcw201219114

Pure Hypocrisy

We argue that two mam accounts of hypocrisy— the deception-based and the moral-non-seriousness-based account—fail to capture a specific kind of hypocrite who is morally serious and sincere "all the way down." The kind of hypocrisy exemplified by this hypocrite is irreducible to deception, self-deception or a lack of moral seriousness. We call this elusive and peculiar kind of hypocrisy, pure hypocrisy. We articulate the characteristics of pure hypocrisy and describe the moral psychology of two kinds of pure hypocrites.

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