Swipe to navigate through the articles of this issue
This article is an examination of the moral complexity of the act of whistleblowing in the context of corporate corruption. Whistleblowing may be a morally admirable act underataken by morally ambiguous agents, but can only be fully understood in context. Using German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s essay “What Does It Mean to Tell the Truth?” This essay will examine how the kind of deception sometimes necessary in whistleblowing cases can be testimony to a larger and more profound truth.
Please log in to get access to this content
To get access to this content you need the following product:
Austin, J. L. (1962). How to do things with words. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Bethge, E. (2000). Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A biography. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Bonhoeffer, D. (2005). Ethics. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Works (Vol. 6). Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Bonhoeffer, D. (2006). Fragment of an essay: What does it mean to tell the truth? In Conspiracy and imprisonment: 1940–1945. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Works, vol. 16 (Minneapolis: Fortress Press).
Bonhoeffer, D. (2009). Letters and papers from prison. Dietrich Bonhoeffer works (Vol. 8). Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Brenner, M. (1996). The man who knew too much. Vanity Faire (May). http://www.mariebrenner.com/PDF/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch.pdf. Accessed online April 22, 2011.
Conee, E. (2000). The moral value in promises. The Philosophical Review, 109(3), 411–422.
Eichenwald, K. (2000). The informant: A true story. New York: Broadway Books.
Henkoff, R. (1995). So who is this Mark Whitacre, and why is he saying these things about ADM? Fortune Magazine (September 4). http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1995/09/04/205874/index.htm. Accessed Online May 10, 2011.
Hwang, S. L., & M. Geyelin (1996). Getting personal: Brown & Williamson has 500-page dossier attacking chief critic. Wall Street Journal (February 1). http://www.jeffreywigand.com/wallstreetjournal.php. Accessed online April 22, 2011.
Jensen, J. V. (1987). Ethical tension points in whistleblowing. Journal of Business Ethics, 6(4), 321–328. CrossRef
Jubb, P. B. (1999). Whistleblowing: A restrictive definition and interpretation. Journal of Business Ethics, 21(1), 77–94. CrossRef
Landblom, L. (2007). Dissolving the moral dilemma of whistleblowing. Journal of Business Ethics, 76, 413–426. CrossRef
Larmer, R. (1992). Whistleblowing and employee loyalty. Journal of Business Ethics, 11(2), 125–128. CrossRef
Mendola, J. (2006). Multiple act consequentialism. Nous, 40(3), 395–427. CrossRef
Mesmer-Magnus, J. R., & Viswesvaran, C. (2005). Whistleblowing in organizations: An examination of the correlates of whistleblowing intention, actions, and retaliation. Journal of Business Ethics, 62, 277–297. CrossRef
Patterson, D. (1992). The value of a promise. Law and Philosophy, 11(4), 385–402. CrossRef
Schliesser, C. (2008). Everyone who acts responsibly becomes guilty: Bonheoffer’s concept of accepting guilt. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press.
U.S. Department of Justice. (1997). Former ADM executive pleads guilty to fraud (Press Release) (October 10). http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/1997/October97/425crm.html. Accessed online May 10, 2011.
The Responsibility to Lie and the Obligation to Report
Bonhoeffer’s “What Does It Mean to Tell the Truth?” And the Ethics of Whistleblowing
Scott R. Paeth
- Publication date
- Springer Netherlands
Neuer Inhalt/© Stellmach, Neuer Inhalt/© Maturus, Pluta Logo/© Pluta