The Moral Status of Loyalty

In: Philosophy and Psychology

Submitted By neerajnanda
Words 624
Pages 3
In Marcia Baron’s article, “The Moral Status of Loyalty,” she proposes many ideas concerning loyalty. Loyalty is definitely an essential quality in almost all relationships, including an engineer’s relationship with their employer and society. Baron argues that we can really only show loyalty to specific people, and not to ideals, causes, or people in general, agreeing overall with the opinions and views of John Ladd. In this paper, I will argue against Baron’s view. I think that we can be loyal to ideals, causes and the general public, not only singularly, but to them all at the same time.

Loyalty is always going to be a problem or issue for engineers. Being loyal to your beliefs, the company you work for, and society is always going to come as a challenge because you really cannot make everyone happy all of the time. Baron states, “The NSPE Code begins, ‘The Engineer, to uphold and advance the honor and dignity of the engineering profession and in keeping with the high standards of ethical conduct. . . will be honest and impartial, and will serve with devotion his employer, his clients, and the public. . . .’ Can an engineer, no matter how heroic, always serve each of these parties with devotion? Can he or she, in other words, always be loyal to all three? The answer is clearly, ‘No.’“ (Baron 22) Baron says that the answer to this question is clearly “No.” She follows this by giving two conditional examples, the B.F. Goodrich and Ford Pinto engineers, which are very one-sided in agreement to her claim. She believes that you cannot be loyal to everyone all of the time, but when every situation is dissected, her view becomes questionable. Every situation is different, and sometimes it may be difficult to be loyal to all three, but it can definitely be done.


If we talk about the youtube video of whistle blowing, Baron considers “blowing the whistle” as…...

Similar Documents

Brand Loyalty

... the field of eloyalty several structural models of trust and its relationship to repeat visits to e-commerce sites have been presented. Privacy has emerged as a unique and important dimension of e-loyalty [17]. Brand loyalty is a time - honored and rather complex construct which has led to numerous definitions and operationalizations [18]Today, it would seem that two major approaches predominate. One is behavioural in orientation and typically infers the loyalty status of a given consumer from an observation of his or her purchase record. The other is more attitudinal in nature. Brand loyalty is then understood as a systematically favourable expression of preference for the brand, usually measured through self-reported assessments [19]Both approaches have their merits but also their limitations . Behavioral indicators of brand loyalty present the advantage of being based on fairly detailed and reliable data but, unless supplemented by many other indicators, offer limited diagnostic power. Being restricted to a record of what consumers have done, one can only speculate about the extent to which some "psychological commitment" to the brand, consistent with the way the word "loyalty" is normally used in the English language, was really involved in the observed purchase regularity patterns . Indifference, consumer inertia, a low price, a perceived high switching cost or simply the non-availability of alternatives can all provide plausible rival hypotheses. On the...

Words: 14383 - Pages: 58

Loyalty

...Loyalty is like a shadow it’s something that’s with you all of the time, but sometimes it’s hidden. Most people don’t show their loyalty hidden, but loyalty is something that’s not supposed to be hidden .To me loyalty is when someone is there for someone else. Loyalty is a characteristic many people should strive to have; it earns the trust and respect of many. A loyal person would never be able to fail someone because they are trustable. Loyalty is everywhere and there are many different kinds of loyalty. Loyalty to strangers is one of the many different kinds of loyalty. We have all showed loyalty to strangers at least once. When people follow rules somewhere either at school, work etc. This shows loyalty. Loyalty doesn’t only earn the respect of someone, but being loyal to a stranger show that you respect them even if you don’t know them. When we follow rules at some place it shows we are staying honest to the rules and the rule makers. Our honesty shows loyalty. Another type of loyalty is to friends. We all have friends, but there are many components to being loyal to your friends. When your friends tells you something and they expect you to keep it a secret, keeping this a secret shows loyalty. Not keeping the matter a secret will show disloyalty. Disloyalty will lose a friend’s trust and it will be really hard to regain a friend’s trust when it’s been lost. When a secret, which is supposed to be kept, gets out the friendship itself is in danger of breaking...

Words: 797 - Pages: 4

Loyalty

... Topics on: Measuring customer LOYALTY (NOKIA) Presented To- Nehal vanjani Presented By –Joly Costa Introduction The primary purpose of a business or organizations is to generate value and satisfy the need and demands of customers. The market totally depends on customer, they enjoy the whole decision making process along with deciding the fate and presence of organizations. The research aims at highlighting and investigating the concept of customer satisfaction that is associated with the success of organizations. It is often believed that the success of an organization can be analyzed through its customers. Now a day’s customer oriented marketing strategy or service providing methods are used wide so that customer oriented service can be provided. Customer loyalty can be defined as the strength of the relationship between an individual's relative attitude and repeat patronage with a supplier. It is a self-reinforcing system in which the company delivers superior value consistently to find and keep high-quality customers, (and, where applicable, employees). The economic benefits of high customer loyalty are measurable. When you consistently deliver superior value and win customer loyalty, market share, revenues and profitability all go up, and the cost of acquiring new customers goes down. clear and structured new customer induction scheme will boost customer loyalty and retention, increase the frequency of purchase and raise the dollar value of each transaction and...

Words: 4567 - Pages: 19

Loyalty Marketing

... – and it casts a new light on the value of loyalty programs. To put it simply: loyalty = permission Loyalty programs are evolving into what amounts to a contract between a brand and its customers, a “give-to-get” relationship where customers give brands permission to access personal data that would otherwise be blocked in order to get rewards in the form of merchandise, discounts, status, and other bene ts. Loyalty programs in the new climate of heightened privacy concerns offer both opportunities and risks. Your marketing campaigns can now be much more targeted and effective, which can boost the top and bottom line. However, loyalty data is extremely sensitive, and requires the highest level of protection available to avoid the potentially disastrous consequences of a security breach. 7 2 0 1 2 T R E N D S I N L O YA LT Y M A R K E T I N G Real-Time Marketing Driven by enormous advances in microprocessors and networking, data is now available not in days or even hours but milliseconds. Due to this change in technology, loyalty marketers have access to an invaluable new tool called complex event processing, also known as event-driven computing. This technology can combine data from multiple diverse sources in real time to personalize the customer experience. You can now provide shoppers with customized up-sell and cross-sell offers based on their buying history, current purchases and status in a loyalty program (e.g. level, number of “points,”......

Words: 2081 - Pages: 9

Building Loyalty

...Building Loyalty   BUILDING LOYALTY IN THE FACE OF RISING HEALTH CARE EXPENSES "LOYALTY", as a general term, signifies a person’s devotion or sentiment of attachment to a particular object, which may be another person or group of persons, an ideal, a duty, or a cause. It expresses itself in both thought and action and strives for the identification of the interests of the loyal person with those of the object. Loyalty turns into fanaticism when it becomes wild and unreasoning; and into resignation when it displays the characteristics of reluctant acceptance. A man without loyalty does not exist. It arouses him, brings meaning, direction, and purpose into his life and unifies his activities. At the same time, loyalty has a social function. Only man’s willingness, in cooperation with others, to invest his intellectual and moral resources generously and wholeheartedly in something beyond his own narrow circle has it been possible for communities of various kinds to emerge and continue to exist; among them, family, church and nation. In any organization either a healthcare or a non healthcare, employees are expected to perform their duties professionally, productively and profitably with greater sense of sincerity and integrity during the period they choose to serve the organization ( Bathurst, 2008). Reciprocally the organization has to reward fairly its employees for the contribution make, and take care of the working conditions also, and work for the betterment...

Words: 444 - Pages: 2

Moral

...Moral Education Assignment Topics 2012 1. Social service activity Organize a charity visit to an orphanage home, rehab center, old folks home, animal shelter or any welfare home. Write a full report on your visit. You must include charity itinerary and share your experience. You may include pictures, interview scripts with the Principal or any document which is relevant. 2. Bribery The problem of bribery exist and there has been attempt to curb it since the Melaka Sultanate period. Why is bribery an important issue? Write a report on the causes of this unethical conduct and how such problem can be resolved in our country, Malaysia. 3. HIV /AIDS As we are aware of, until now there is no cure for HIV infections and AIDS patients have to face death. Write a report on AIDS and explain the importance of protecting and not discriminating HIV/AIDS patients in our society. 4. Internet Internet misuse may cause harm and pollutes the mental growth of teenagers. Conduct a simple research on the disadvantages of internet for example addiction to social networking websites and the effect of this to users. 5. Bully issues Bullying has taken place for centuries where the stronger abuse the weaker. Write a report on the importance of overcoming bullying in schools. You may support your report with examples. (From newspaper cuttings, magazines, journals etc) 6. Family Institution In western countries, sending aged parents to retirement...

Words: 688 - Pages: 3

Loyalty

...Discussion Board Thread Re: Loyalty Definition: “Organizational Management and Leadership: A Christian Perspective” defines Loyalty as the willingness to remain faithful to the interest of others and a concern for followers.” Satterlee, A. (2013). Organizational Management & Leadership: A Christian Perspective. Raleigh, NC, United States: Synergistics International Inc. Summary: Emma Johnson author for Success talks about, how to “Retain Top Performers in a Tough Economy, Inspire loyalty and passion in your employees”, in her article published (April 2012) pg 38. Johnson discusses loyalty with Keith Ayers, head of Integro Leadership Institute also an author of Engagement Is Not Enough: You Need Passionate Employees to Achieve Your Dreams, along with Mary Hladio a Human Resources Consultant in Cincinnati. Johnson investigates reasons for loyalty in customers and employees. Johnson makes mention that employers need to fulfill the needs of employees by: Do meaningful work, Being respectful, Being an insider and also being on a winning team. An interesting fact is that people don’t leave their jobs because of money; they leave because of the manager, or maybe not enough opportunities or even culture. Discussion: Loyalty is a very relevant topic in today’s business world. If the employees don’t have that feeling with their employers that is when they will not stay. Everyone needs to have their needs met at work and be respected. And most importantly they...

Words: 698 - Pages: 3

Customer Loyalty

...The Importance of Customer Loyalty [Name of Student] [Institution’s Name] The Importance of Customer Loyalty Introduction Creating and retaining loyal customers is significant to the profitability of any business. Every supplier wants to maximize his profitability by creating and retaining potential customers. This assignment strives to understand the importance of customer loyalty in technology management. Discussion Customer loyalty can be reflected through measuring the management’s success in creating and retaining long term interaction with customers. Customer loyalty is significant to running a profitable business. However, this loyalty may be company specific or product specific. For this purpose, I researched a famous social networking website, facebook. Facebook’s management is able to efficiently create and retain its potential users. Facebook enhanced its brand loyalty by continuous improvement in the features and layout of the web page. Therefore, it is still drawing more and more potential customers, even today. Customer Loyalty is Linked to Competitive Advantage Loyal customers need to be targeted by a company’s thoroughly advocated retention program; as such customers tend to give more loyalty to the company. The company’s retention program may include interactive sessions with the customers by regularly communicating them the ideas to contribute towards the enhancement of the products. This opportunity will enhance customer loyalty...

Words: 637 - Pages: 3

Brand Loyalty

...Tijdschrift voor Econoniie e n M a n a g e m e n t Vol. XLI, 4, 1996 A Review of Brand-Loyalty Measures in Marketing by M. MELLENS", M. G. DEIh;ircs. iriight ;-',ISbe easier 2 to zhoose the right decision unit (condition d). They are usualiy based on surveys, and it may be possible to get data from the decision maker rather than the puxchaser by asking questions 410 the righe individual, Finakiy, they give insight into the rnoiivations for the corrsr~mer's cinoice behaviur, and these mativations are less ~ri:eiy to be influenced by random short-run fluctuations: Hoy:ex~er> attitu.dfl:ii measgrcs mqi net be scc-rafe rep;eselltaticn of ~eaiily they are nstbbasea on actual prrrrcmses. A consu-as mer ma.y r~~tionalize choice when questioned by ths researcher, and his make up a~ zvaluaticjn of brands even when no explici! evaluation is made in r e d shopping siiuarions. Moreoverj other variables t h a ~ attitudes are I~aown inRuence actxai purchases. For example. an Into tchwards Porsclle, but still not dividual n a y have a favo.=sbleattit~ade buy it due to hudget .;onsrr:iii~rs. Xenze, the validiijl of attitiid'l~~al q ~ v measures depends on the strength of the attitude-behavior relationship. Furthermore, attituclinal measures are often based on data observed at a sing12 point in time. Their incideiltal n a b r e might be attenuated by collecting attitudillal data on a longitudinal basis, but the costs in doing so may quickly become prohibitive. I~:cii1)r'dzrn...

Words: 6741 - Pages: 27

Did Union Carnide Owe His First Loyalty and Moral Responsibility to Ther Owner or the Local Community and Employees That Get Affected?

...Question 1 Yes, Union Carbide owed its first loyalty and moral responsibility to the financial interests of its local community and employees who are affected by the gas leak. So, to support my answer, it is helpful to look into the Kant’s moral theory. Act so that you use humanity, as much in your own person as in the person of every other, always at the same time as an end, never merely as a means [McFarland 2012] First, Union Carbide must not treat the shareholders simply as tools to maximizes their profit; in other words they must recognize a person’s value as a human being. Next, individuals and communities must treat people in ways that respect people’s basic rights. Finally, members of community work together to support and improve the institutions on which will help restore its reputation and reassure people who live near its plants that it is a good neighbour, and in the long run, will help its profits. According to [Brown 2010], these three values are called respect for human dignity. Union Carbide shouldn’t negligent with respect to the safety of people in the plant's environment and not maintaining the security regulation. Besides, Union Carbide disaster at its plant in Bhopal, India, which killed thousands of people and injured several hundred thousand, focused world attention on the chemical industry. According to the ethic of caring approach argue that since we are interdependent upon others for our individual identity and well-being we have a moral...

Words: 723 - Pages: 3

Moral

..., headaches and increased stress to the body. The disorders are caused by the radio frequencies emitted by the cell phone antennas. Cell phones transmit information to your local provider via microwave transmissions. These signals are absorbed by your body and are the basis for these health issues. Using a cell phone is harmful to human body. If a student gets brain tumours or cancer how they can continue for their study. Cell phone not only will influence an academic achievement of student, it also wills harmful human health. CO-CURICULAR Advantages of co curriculum  Co curriculum important although it only contributes 10% Students’ achievement in co-curricular activities is important although in terms of weight age for university admission, it only contributes 10% compared to the 90 % for academic achievement. | | The Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah said that co curriculum is important for building the character and personality of students as well as equipping them with high moral values. He said that tertiary education does not focus on academics alone but on the contrary covers other aspects including communication skills, ethics, team work, professionalism and others. “So, beginning this academic session, the Ministry with the collaboration of all the universities will start to evaluate soft skills as an important element for admission into institutions of higher learning,” he said. He said this at a press conference...

Words: 8071 - Pages: 33

Moral

...Moral absolutism is related to human rights and stands against social topics such as war, sexism, rape to be absolutely and undoubtly immoral, regardless of religious beliefs that may believe these practices are acceptable depending on a situation. In a nutshell, moral absolutism follows the belief that there are set universal principles that are distinctively moral or immoral no matter what. For example, females being paid less than men due to their gender can be considered acceptable in some societies; from a absolute point of view, individuals should be treated equally regardless of their gender, age and religion. Moral absolutism has been shaped by human rights. After all, every indivudal is human, therefore the laws of humanity and its nature should be treated fairly. Moral absolutism can be explained through several perspectives such as rule utilitarianism. Rule utilitarianism states that an action can be moral, just only if it leads to happiness for all individuals (Schefczyk, 2009, Chapter 5, para. 8) Rule utilitarianism relates to absolutism in the sense that the moral absolute principles which individuals abide by benefit them in terms of happiness. Universal absolute principles such as treating others the way you wish to be treated, can be shown through rule utilitarianism; by treating another individual the way you would like to be treated ultimately leads to greater happiness for all people. As a whole, moral absolutism along with rule utilitarianism creates a...

Words: 659 - Pages: 3

Status

...Rosemarie Lopez Status is a socially defined position in a group or society characterized by certain expectations, rights, and duties.() Statuses define us in so many ways, and sadly enough these statuses are so embedded in our society no one even realizes how significant they are. The statuses we have regardless of how we got them come with roles we have to play every single day, and although they may change due to the environment, or setting we are in, no matter where we are, we always are playing a role and we always have a status. The numerous statuses we hold are part of a status set, which is all the statuses one person occupies at a given time. Some of the different statuses one person can occupy is an ascribed status, achieved status, and a master status. An ascribed status is a social position conferred at birth or received involuntarily later in life, based on at-tributes over which the individual has little or no control, such as race/ ethnicity, age, and gender.() An achieved status is a social position a person assumes voluntarily as a result of personal choice, merit, or direct effort.()Lastly a master status is the most important status a person occupies. Now the different types of statuses listed are status that you, yourself have, but you can also have status symbols which are material signs that inform others of a person’s specific status. Examples of this would be if you were wearing a Rolex, which would show others you of rich status, or on the other...

Words: 1476 - Pages: 6

Loyalty

...Loyalty In Richard Russo’s novel Straight Man the theme of high and low loyalty in different characters plays an influential role throughout the novel. By high loyalty I mean a person who stays loyal to someone whom he or she loves, no matter what. By low loyalty I mean a person who does not stay loyal to people they are with and try to not reveal their disloyalty. We see characters of both types in Russo’s novel. We see characters who are loyal and we also the characters who are not loyal. Some characters in Straight Man show extremely high loyalty to people they love while other characters show extremely low loyalty. The main character Hank and his mother, Mrs. Devereaux, are very good examples of loyal people. Hank stays loyal to his wife Lily but he always has fear that his wife is not loyal to him and that she is having an affair. The reason why Hank thinks this way is caused by his father’s disloyalty when he left Hank and his mother when he was a little boy. He has a fear that Lily might leave him too one day. These thoughts that Hank has about his wife are wrong and shows his childhood trauma. That trauma caused him to lose his faith in other people, even to his wife. Even though that Hank tries to flirt with another woman he never thought of having an affair with her, which makes him a loyal person. Hank’s mother, on the other hand, even stays loyal to her betrayer husband who left her and her son and never came back for years. She thinks that he will come back...

Words: 702 - Pages: 3

Brand Loyalty

... aided the growth of many brands such as Loreal, Maybelline, Lakme, etc. People have also embraced the importance of quality of products. The disposable income is making the customers opt for better choices, most certainly in terms of grooming. Also, the changing mindset of the people has encouraged a much lavish approach to expenditure. The makeover of the Indian cosmetic industry has certainly worked for both India and its investors, and it certainly looks set to impress. As competition in the cosmetic sector is increasing day by day, consumers are continually bombarded with information on different brands in the same product category of cosmetics. In such a situation it might be very expensive for a company to create brand loyalty amongst existing customers. Therefore many marketing managers are concerned with the growing trends of switching brands. Reasons such as consumer's dissatisfaction, constant availability of new product, and an increased concern with price may lead to decline to their loyalty towards the brand. So it has become more important for marketers to have a greater knowledge of the determinants of brand loyalty, and to know the factors that influence consumer to become and remain loyal to a particular brand of cosmetics. Marketers should not forget that customers are the end beneficiary of all the marketing activities. No matter what type of cosmetics a company is making: natural or chemical, what type of company it is: National or International;......

Words: 554 - Pages: 3