Michael Davis

in The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284238
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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Whistleblowing is not so much a settled practice as a growing collection of acts in search of a unifying analysis. Indeed, there is even disagreement concerning which acts belong to the collection. This article gives one informed observer's sense of how whistleblowing should be understood, what moral and practical problems whistleblowing (so understood) raises, and how those problems might be resolved. The chief test of my recommendations is whether they help us understand whistleblowing better, not whether they fit usage.

Keywords: whistleblowing; informed observer; moral problems; practical problems; disloyalty; trust

Article.  10220 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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