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The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume IILogic, Loyalty, and Community$
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John J. McDermott

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224845

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823224845.001.0001

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The Philosophy of Loyalty

The Philosophy of Loyalty

(p.855) 29 The Philosophy of Loyalty
The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume II
John J. McDermott
Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the philosophy of loyalty. Loyalty refers to the willing, practical, and thoroughgoing devotion of a person to a cause. A man is loyal when, first, he has some cause to which he is loyal; when, secondly, he willingly and thoroughly devotes himself to this cause; and when, thirdly, he expresses his devotion in some sustained and practical way, by acting steadily in the service of his cause. Since “loyalty” is a relative term, and always implies that there is some object, some cause, to which any given loyalty is to be shown, one must consider what the fitting objects of loyalty are. As such, in loyalty, when loyalty is properly defined, is the fulfillment of the whole moral law.

Keywords:   loyalty, devotion, cause, service, moral law

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