Hypermoralism – Morality causes ordinary people to do immoral things.

Some people believe that immoral acts are caused by amoral individuals. However, very few people are truly immoral (~1% of individuals are psychopaths). The idea of the term, hypermoralism, is to popularize the idea that morality can actually cause people to be immoral, rather than prevent them from being immoral (e.g. see this post). It’s very close to the idea of idealistic evil, except that I think the use of ‘evil’ makes it harder for people to see it in themselves. It’s easier to accept that one might engage in hypermoralism from time to time rather than idealistic evil. But it’s basically the same concept, couched in non-judgmental terms.

I hope to explore the idea of hypermoralism in a series of blog posts.

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