Hypocrisy is commonly regarded as a serious fault. But why? The answer is surprisingly elusive. A number of different accounts, involving ideas about self-betrayal, malign discrimination, and loss of standing, are described and criticized here. A better way of grasping what is wrong with hypocrisy, I contend, is to see it as part of a tendency to weaponize morality.
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