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I would like to know the meaning of this sentence:
When claims to virtue are made by vice, then at least we know virtue has a price.
This part is a bit unclear to me: "claims to virtue are made by vice". Would you please help me to understand it?

Hi Azad,

sorry it took a while for me to get back to you

In the text above you have to think about "virtue" and "vice" as metaphors, or as symbols.

When claims of virtue are made by vice... that simply means that "vice" claims to be "virtuous", it claims to have high moral standards, which is obviously not right/correct, as by definition "vice" is immoral.

I hope this helps.



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