Loyalty is a highly charged and important issue, often evoking strong feelings and actions. What is loyalty? Is loyalty compatible with impartiality? How do we respond to conflicts of loyalties? In a global era, should we be trying to transcend loyalties to particular political communities?
Drawing on a fascinating array of literary and cinematic examples - The Remains of the Day, No Country for Old Men, The English Patient, The Third Man, and more - Troy Jollimore expertly unravels the phenomenon of loyalty from a philosophical standpoint. He reflects on the idea that loyalty shapes our very identities, and considers both the benefits and the dangers of loyalty: on the one hand, how excessive loyalty can move us to perform immoral, even evil actions; one the other, how loyalty can expand our lives and give us a sense of meaning and belonging.
"This is an insightful, lively, and entertaining study of loyalty. It offers a thorough overview of the philosophical questions that loyalty raises and a compelling picture of the loyalty's place in the lives of individuals and political communities." – Simon Keller, Victoria University, New Zealand
Introduction 1. Loyal Action, Loyal Thought 2. Loyalty’s Unavoidable Dilemmas 3. Loyalty, Tribalism, Violence 4. Loyalty, Community, and Morality Conclusion. Index
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