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25 April | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Joanna Burch-Brown, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Bristol
Jussi Suikkanen, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Birmingham
Demetris Tillyris, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Canterbury Christ Church University
Danielle Sands, Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Fellow, Forum for European Philosophy
Why do we tend to judge hypocrites more harshly than those whose actions, however bad, appear consistent with their beliefs? Is hypocrisy better understood as inevitable weakness of the will or as inexcusable deception? In this event, the panel will ask: Is hypocrisy a moral dead-end or a step on the path to better behaviour? Is there such a thing as ‘honest’ hypocrisy? Which contemporary issues tend to make hypocrites of us, and are we, the hypocrites, really all that bad?