International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Bernard Williams on Integrity: an Application to Whistle blowing Ethics
Lawrence P. Schrenk

There is a tradition of questioning whether any universal ethics, utilitarianism, deontology, or any other ‘ism’ has universal applicability. Drawing upon the development of this critique in the work of the philosopher Bernard Williams, this analysis considers typical accounts of the ethics of whistle blowing. These accounts provide a checklist of criteria for determining when whistleblowing is either permissible or morally required. Williams’ account of the integrity of human moral actions questions whether such ‘checklist’ ethics is compatible with authentic, human moral decision-making.

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