Some Paradoxes of Whistleblowing

TitleSome Paradoxes of Whistleblowing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsDavis, M
JournalBusiness and Professional Ethics Journal
Publication Languageeng
AbstractThe paper first describes the "standard theory of whistle-blowing" (DeGeorge's). The standard theory seeks to justify whistleblowing by its ability to prevent harm. The paper then argues that the standard theory is paradoxical, i.e., that it is inconsistent with what we know about whistle-blowers, for example, that whistle-blowers seldom prevent significant harm. The paper then offers a less paradoxical theory of whistle-blowing, one emphasizing obligations arising from complicity in wrongdoing and tests it using one classic case of whistle-blowing, Roger Boisjoly's testimony before the Presidential Commission investigating the 'Challenger' disaster.
NotesCover Date: Spring 1996.Source Info: 15(1), 3-19. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 31-4. Subject: BELIEF; ETHICS; JUSTIFICATION; PARADOX; WHISTLEBLOWING. Update Code: 20090226.
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