Challenges for professional loyalties

John Kleinig

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    The paper develops a conception of "professional loyalties" and then reviews several challenges that professional loyalties encounter. The conception of professional loyalty is developed against George Fletcher's attempt to marginalize such loyalties. Instead of being viewed primarily as loyalty to clients, it is characterized as loyalty to the ends of the profession. That conception gives rise to several challenges, which are then discussed in turn: (l) whether professions have enough unity to enable a coherent account of professional loyalty to be given; (2) whether the loyalty that. professions warrant is only contingent or should be seen as integral to their nature; (3) whether professional loyalties have characteristics that undermine the moral accountability of their subjects; and (4) how normative tensions arising out of institutionally embedded professional loyalties may be resolved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10-17
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Applied Ethics and Philosophy
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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