Loyalty, Disaster, Business: Contemporary Applications

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, Disaster, Business: Contemporary Applications

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In light of the foregoing discussions of loyalty, the conclusion of the book revisits contemporary issues instantiating the treachery and ambivalence of loyalty discussed in the book's introduction. These issues, loyalty in disaster and loyalty in business, are engaged in greater depth, placing ideas of Royce's in dialogue with those of contemporary scholars. While it has been suggested that by Naomi Zack that diligence and integrity are the prime virtues to preserve and promote in times of disaster, it is argued in this chapter that these virtues, as Zack understands them, amount to loyalty. Moreover, in addition to loyalty, loyalty to loyalty is required in times of disaster. In the realm of business, the ethics of whistleblowing is appraised through the lenses of Royce's philosophy of loyalty. It is argued that responsible whistleblowing is done with loyal intentions and that corporations should maintain mechanisms for internal whistleblowing, giving such complaints due consideration. In the event that due consideration is not given, the whistleblower is justified in whistleblowing externally, if so doing is consistent with loyalty to loyalty.

Keywords: Business Ethics; Disaster; Ethics; Loyalty; Morality; Whistleblowing

Chapter.  4497 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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