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Title: To Recommence Where Rorty Leaves Off
Subtitle: On Loyalty and Identification
Author(s): PATTYN, Bart
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 4 Issue: 3 Date: Octobre 1997
People behave morally and show solidarity, not so much because of well-considered individual decisions, but because of feelings of belonging. But we cannot leave it at this. There is no spontaneous, innocent loyalty that would expand of its own accord to a larger group. Our loyalty must be developed, and the standard which guides us in this effort cannot stem from our own feelings alone. For there to be justice, more is needed than the tendency to identify with people who are similar to us. Seeing justice as a wider feeling of loyalty prompts the question, ‘what is a just loyalty?’ However instructive this digression may have been, we are back to the same problem and the inquiry must begin again.