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Why is hypocrisy universally condemned?

R. Jay Wallace to give a lecture at LMU

Munich, 06/02/2009

R. Jay Wallace, Professor of Philosophy at Berkeley, will be giving a public lecture on why hypocrisy is ubiquitous, and also universally condemned. The lecture entitled "Hypocrisy, Moral Address, and the Equality of Persons" will take place at the Munich Referral Center on Thursday, 4 June 2009 from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm.

Jay Wallace’s thesis is that there is a distinctive form of hypocrisy, which he calls “hypocritical moral address”, that is open to a serious and interesting moral objection.  The problem with hypocritical moral address is not mere inconsistency or deception; it is that hypocrisy offends against a commitment to the equality of persons that is fundamental to morality. In his lecture, Professor Wallace will explain this idea by highlighting the role of reactive emotions (such as resentment and indignation) in hypocritical moral address, and show how the hypocrite’s attitude toward equality undermines their standing to direct criticism at others.

Moreover, Professor Wallace will hold a workshop on “Aspects of Resentment” scheduled for Friday, 5 June 2009, between 10 am and 1 pm, at the Munich Referral Center. The seminar shall be focussing on the nature and the morality of resentment.

R. Jay Wallace’s research stay is part of the “LMU-Berkeley Research in the Humanities Program” which is meant to facilitate the exchange of lecturers, scholars, and graduate students, and to strengthen academic cooperation in the humanities. The program is an integral part of the research cooperation that LMU Munich sealed with the University of California in August 2007.

Those interested in attending Jay Wallace’s lecture and workshop will have to register, since the number of seats is limited.

More information and registration for the lecture and the workshop:
Tel.: ++49 (0) 89/ 2180-6083

The papers to be discussed in the workshop are available at:

More information on the LMU-Berkeley Research in the Humanities Program:



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