Eric R. Boot
May 22, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 128 Pages
ISBN 9781138343696 - CAT# K394489
Series: Routledge Focus on Philosophy
Following the enormous political, legal and media interest that has surrounded high profile cases of whistleblowing, such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, the fundamental ethical questions surrounding whistleblowing have often been obscured. In this fascinating book Eric Boot examines the ethical issues at stake in whistleblowing.
Can the disclosure of classified government documents ever be justified? If so, how? Why does it require justification in the first place? Can there ever be a duty to blow the whistle? When is breaking the law justified? On a more practical level, he also considers the various whistleblower protection documents and finds them to be often lacking in consistency and clarity, before providing an argument for a plausible ‘public interest’ defense for whistleblowers.
2. A Pro Tanto Wrong
3. The Public Interest and the Justification of Whistleblowing
4. Possible Legal Defenses for Justified Whistleblowing (1): A Right to Whistleblowing?
5. Possible Legal Defenses for Justified Whistleblowing (2): A Public Interest Defense
6. Obligatory Whistleblowing.