Loyalty to Loyalty: Josiah Royce and the Genuine Moral Life

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CONCLUSION: THE NEED FOR LOYALTY

I have just discussed, in the previous chapter, two contemporary applications of Royce’s philosophy of loyalty, as I have presented and advocated it in this book. The problems addressed by these applications were first introduced in the introduction, and following all that has transpired since, I felt it appropriate to address them anew. These are surely not the only problems in which loyalty figures prominently. My hope is that what I have done in the way of clarifying the nature of loyalty and its place in the moral life can help to guide us through myriad moral perplexities surrounding loyalty or other moral perplexities in which loyalty occupies a prominent place.

I want to emphasize that adopting Royce’s philosophy of loyalty does not necessitate becoming an extraordinary moral hero, the likes of which I have perhaps described in the examples used in my discussions of loyalty for disaster and loyalty for business. Rather, Royce’s philosophy of loyalty simply necessitates that we be loyal and, insofar as it lies in our power, loyal to loyalty. We could stand more clarity, of course, with respect to “insofar as it lies in our power.” My plea to the reader is that

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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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