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Finding Oneself in the Other$
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G. A. Cohen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148809

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148809.001.0001

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Ways of Silencing Critics

Ways of Silencing Critics

(p.134) Chapter Seven Ways of Silencing Critics
Finding Oneself in the Other

G. A. Cohen

, Michael Otsuka
Princeton University Press

This chapter addresses a few questions: What, exactly, is the scope of tu quoque? When does it have force? In addition, the chapter considers what explains that force and how exactly does tu quoque disable moral condemnation, in the general case. The chapter first looks at two ways of narrowing the scope of tu quoque, each of which modifies and moderates the “strong Jesus view:” “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” It then explains the force of tu quoque as a certain form of inconsistency, whereby the force of tu quoque locates that force in a certain form of hypocrisy. The chapter concludes with additional insights on the nature of tu quoque and discusses the terrorist threat in liberal democracies.

Keywords:   tu quoque, moral condemnation, hypocrisy, inconsistency, terrorism, liberal democracies, silencing critics

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