Conclusion: The Need for 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)

Conclusion: The Need for Loyalty

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This conclusion to the book emphasizes that Royce's philosophy of loyalty does not necessitate becoming a moral hero, but simply necessitates that we be loyal, and insofar as it lies in our power, be loyal to loyalty. It is urged that our lives have sense and meaning if we are loyal, and our lives are genuinely moral if and only if our loyalty is loyal to loyalty. Such loyal living is what recognizes and strives to fulfil the universal need to be helped, devoting our loyal service according to our unique capacities, aptitudes, relationships, interests, and talents. In our quest to live loyally, we will undoubtedly endure times of defeat, but if loyalty is what makes life meaningful, then a defeat of one's loyalty must never be taken as final.

Keywords: Ethics; Loyalty; Meaning/Meaning of Life; Morality; Virtue/Virtue Ethics

Chapter.  1023 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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