On Loyalty and Loyalties: The Contours of a Problematic Virtue

2015.03.41 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Kleinig, On Loyalty and Loyalties: The Contours of a Problematic Virtue, Oxford University Press, 2014, 315pp., $35.00
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2015.03.41 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Kleinig, On Loyalty and Loyalties: The Contours of a Problematic Virtue, Oxford University Press, 2014, 315pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780199371266. Reviewed by Simon Keller, Victoria University of Wellington John Kleinig's book is a thoughtful and thorough examination of loyalty and its ethical significance. It presents an original account of loyalty's place among the virtues and insightful discussions of several difficult questions on which considerations of loyalty bear, ranging across professional and applied ethics and social and political philosophy. In the first half of the book, Kleinig presents a cautiously positive picture of the ethics of loyalty. He argues that loyalty is a genuine virtue, but a problematic virtue: loyalty is essential for good human social life, but susceptible to abuse and in special need of restraint and guidance by the other virtues. In the second half of the book, Kleinig. . .

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