A Justification of Political Whistleblowing

  • Daniele Santoro
  • Manohar Kumar
Part of the Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations book series (PPCE, volume 6)


In this chapter we provide a justification of political whistleblowing and articulate some criteria for the permissibility of disclosures. In the first part we discuss the main criticisms against political whistleblowing. In particular, we address the objections from the breach of obligation and trust, lack of patriotism, harm to national security, vigilantism, lack of accountability, and imperfect information. In the second part we define the epistemic circumstances of disclosure, and we specify three conditions for the permissibility of political whistleblowing: the communicative constraints, intent, and public interest.


Political whistleblowing Justification Public interest Communicative conditions Permissibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniele Santoro
    • 1
  • Manohar Kumar
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Ethics, Politics, and Society, ILCHUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Social Sciences and HumanitiesIndraprastha Institute of Information Technology, DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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