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Loyalty: An Essay on the Morality of Relationships

George P. Fletcher


This book offers an account of loyalty that illuminates its role in our relationships with family and friends, our ties to country, and the commitment of the religious to God and their community. The book opposes the traditional view of the moral self as detached from context and history. It argues instead that loyalty, not impartial detachment, should be the central feature of our moral and political lives. It claims that a commitment to country is necessary to improve the lot of the poor and disadvantaged. This commitment to country may well require greater reliance on patriotic rituals in e ... More

Keywords: loyalty, community, moral self, moral lives, political lives, commitment, relationships, patriotism, impartial morality, justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195098327
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098327.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George P. Fletcher, author
Columbia University
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