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A Critique of Group Loyalty
By Laurie L. Calhoun
This article appeared in the Summer 1998 issue of The Independent Review


Abstract

Loyalty to one’s group is not necessarily a virtue, as the horrors of Nazi Germany amply demonstrated. On the contrary, a commitment to group loyalty—a standing order to abandon one’s principles for the sake of the group—is irrational whether one subscribes to moral absolutism or to moral relativism.



Other Independent Review articles by Laurie L. Calhoun
    Fall 2011   The Silencing of Soldiers
    Winter 2011   Political Philosophers on War: Arguments inside the “Just War” Box
    Winter 2006   Michael Walzer on Just War Theory’s “Critical Edge”: More Like a Spoon Than a Knife
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Volume 3 Number 1
Summer 1998

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