Loyalty to Loyalty: Josiah Royce and the Genuine Moral Life

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ONE
LOYALTY, JUSTICE, VIRTUE
Contemporary Debates

Loyalty and Impartiality

One ongoing debate in contemporary moral and social philosophy involves how to negotiate the competing claims of partiality and impartiality. Participants in this debate often cite Alasdair MacIntyre as articulating this problem in his essay “Is Patriotism a Virtue?” Therein, he contrasts “liberal morality” with “the morality of patriotism.” Liberal morality is a morality of universal, impersonal, and impartial principles while the morality of patriotism is a morality of particularist ties and solidarities. According to MacIntyre, these moralities are deeply and systematically incompatible. For instance, if each of two communities require the same natural resource in order to survive and flourish, “the standpoint of impersonal morality requires an allocation of goods such that each individual person counts for one and no more than one, while the patriotic standpoint requires that I strive to further the interests of my community only and you strive to further those of yours.”1 The problem with which contemporary philosophers are thus beset is that of determining which of these moralities is appropriate, or the conditions

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction - The Treachery and Ambivalence of Loyalty 1
  • One - Loyalty, Justice, Virtue 10
  • Two - The Nature of Loyalty 26
  • Three - Loyalty to Loyalty 51
  • Four - Learning Loyalty 82
  • Five - Loyalty and Community 110
  • Six - Disloyalty 136
  • Seven - Loyalty, Disaster, Business- Contemporary Applications 157
  • Conclusion- The Need for Loyalty 169
  • Notes 173
  • Bibliography 203
  • Index 209
  • American Philosophy 213
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