davis on whistleblowing - Requires not only that the...

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Whistleblowing Necessary conditions for whistleblowing: 1. Whistleblower reveals information 2. To prevent something bad from happening 3. Whistleblower must be part of the organization (can only blow the whistle on own organization) 4. Does so for moral reasons (because it’s right) 5. Reveals information that the organization does not want revealed 6. Reveals information in which the individual has been entrusted (so a violation of loyalty) Davis on Whistleblowing Standard Theory Complicity Theory *belief that organization *belief that organization will do serious and considerable will do serious moral wrong harm doing *has evidence that would *does not require evidence to convince a reasonable, convince others impartial observer *believes that whistleblowing *believes that whistleblowing will prevent the harm will end the complicity *requires going through *does not require going through channels channels Additional requirement (C5 and C6):
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Unformatted text preview: Requires not only that the whistle-blower be justified in her beliefs about the organization, but that she be right. If she is wrong about either the wrongdoing or her complicity, her revelation will not be justified Three Paradoxes of Standard Theory: (inconsistencies between theory of whistleblowing and the facts of whistleblowing) 1. Paradox of Burden: Whistleblowers are not minimally decent Samaritans. They act at considerable risk to their career, etc. 2. Paradox of Missing Harm: Many cases of whistleblowing are not about preventing serious and considerable harm 3. Paradox of Failure: If whistleblowing must have as the standard theory says good reason to believe that revealing the threat will probably prevent the harm then the history of whistleblowing virtually rules out the moral justification of whistleblowing (S5 rarely met) Davis argues for the Complicity theory...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PHI 3360 taught by Professor Quinn during the Spring '08 term at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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