Philosophy Faculty Publications

Title

Resisting Organizational Power

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2009

Publication Source

Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal

Abstract

Normative ethical theory should provide us with guidance for how to live moral lives in a world filled with inequity and abuse of power. In this essay, I address ways that features of resisting organizational power do and do not overlap with features of resisting oppression more generally. I examine the potential for moral damage to individuals who resist organizational power, and argue that the traits necessary for successful whistleblowing are similar to what Lisa Tessman refers to as "burdened virtues"—they are necessary to successfully resisting organizational power, but "costly to the selves who bear them." I conclude by offering a preliminary sketch of the traits of a virtuous resister.

Inclusive pages

223-236

ISBN/ISSN

978-1-4020-6840-9

Publisher

Springer

Place of Publication

Heidelberg, Germany

Peer Reviewed

yes