Why moral paradoxes matter? "Teflon immorality" and the perversity of life

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Teflon immorality'' (or TI) is immorality that goes on unchecked-the wrongdoing is not stopped and its perpetrators, beyond the reach of punishment or other sanction, often persist in their immoral ways. The idea that the immoral prosper has been recognized as morally (and legally) disturbing presumably for as long as humanity has been reflective, and can be found already in the Bible. The reasons behind a great deal of successful immorality are important practically, but uninteresting philosophically. Sometimes, however, we face events that are more interesting philosophically, and Teflon immorality results from oddities such as moral paradoxes and perversions. These, however, have remained largely unnoticed. I will outline a tentative survey of this topic. After showing its pervasiveness and importance, I will briefly reflect on its relevance to the way we should think about morality and about the means to further it, and confront possible objections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-243
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • Blackmail
  • Existential paradox
  • Immorality
  • Moral paradox
  • Perversity of life
  • Teflon immorality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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