On Loyalty and Loyalties: The Contours of a Problematic Virtue

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - Philosophy - 315 pages
Deep friendship may express profound loyalty, but so too may virulent nationalism. What can and should we say about this Janus-faced virtue of the will? This volume explores at length the contours of an important and troubling virtue -- its cognates, contrasts, and perversions; its strengths and weaknesses; its awkward relations with universal morality; its oppositional form and limits; as well as the ways in which it functions in various associative connections, such as friendship and familial relations, organizations and professions, nations, countries, and religious tradition.

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John Kleinig is a philosopher who taught in Australia until 1986 -- working mostly on moral and social philosophy -- when he moved to John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York, where he taught mainly police ethics and social philosophy. Recently retired from CUNY, he remains as Strategic Research Professor and Professor of Policing Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Australia.

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