139: Moral hypocrisy – why doesn’t knowing about ethics make people more ethical? (Eric Schwitzgebel)

July 26, 2015

You might expect that professional ethicists — people whose job it is to determine which behaviors are ethical and why — would behave more ethically than other people. You’d be wrong! This episode features philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel , who is well known for his work studying whether experts in ethics live up to their own standards. He and Julia discuss why the answer is “no,” and explore questions like, “How do you decide how moral you’re going to try to be?” 

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