Learning 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)

Learning Loyalty

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This chapter joins Royce in tracing the origins and development of ethical experience. Because for Royce, the genuine moral life is one of loyalty and loyalty to loyalty, in articulating a Roycean view of the cultivation of loyalty, a Roycean picture of moral development is presented. It is noted that for Royce, a person may be regarded as a human life lived according to a plan. For Royce, an individual says who he is by describing his purposes and causes, what he intends to do in his life. The chapter joins Royce in tracing the formation of “plans of life” as far back as infancy. Among sources consulted are unpublished psychological writings of Royce’s, bearing compelling similarity and relevance to his published writings on loyalty. It is argued that imitative processes in infancy and childhood are precursors to loyalty, and ethical experience generally, in its mature forms. In addition, Royce's attention to the learning of loyalty in adolescence and adulthood is discussed, with emphasis placed on physical education in adolescence and the significance of “lost causes” in adulthood.

Keywords: Ethics; Imitation; Lost Cause; Loyalty; Moral Psychology; Morality; Physical Education; Play

Chapter.  11645 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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