Loyalty to Loyalty

Mathew A. Foust

in Loyalty to Loyalty

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242696
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242733 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy (FUP)

Loyalty to Loyalty

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This chapter attends to Royce's articulation and defense of his principle of loyalty to loyalty. Although Royce is generally not explicit concerning these theoretical underpinnings, it is argued that Royce's philosophy of loyalty incorporates elements of each of three major traditional approaches to ethical theory, referred to today by the terms “consequentialism,” “deontology,” and “virtue ethics.” Assessing the relationship that loyalty to loyalty has to each of these theories gives rise to two arguments in favor of Royce's philosophy of loyalty. The first argument holds that because Royce's philosophy of loyalty shares views entailed by each of these major ways of conceiving of moral goods and moral deliberation, his position is reflective of widely shared moral intuitions. The second argument holds that because the virtues can be described in terms of loyalty to loyalty, Royce is right to give loyalty a central place in the moral life. In addition, a third argument is made, based on the relationship order, loyalty, and the moral life and holds that the moral life is unintelligible without loyalty and rudimentary without loyalty to loyalty.

Keywords: Consequentialism; Deontology/Deontological Ethics; Ethics; Loyalty; Morality; Order; Virtue/Virtue Ethics

Chapter.  12924 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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