Integrity and the Value of an Integrated Self

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Abstract

What is integrity and why is it valuable? One account of the nature of integrity, proposed by John Cottingham (2010) amongst others, is The Integrated Self View. On this account integrity is a formal relation of coherence between various aspects of a person. One problem that has been raised against this account is that it isn’t obvious that it can account for the value of integrity. In this paper I will respond to this problem by providing an account of the value of an integrated self. I will do so by first looking closely at two examples from literature: John Sassal in John Berger’s A Fortunate Man and Tetrius Lydgate in George Eliot’s Middlemarch. Based on my comparison of these two case studies I will argue that an integrated self is valuable as it makes people more likely to act in line with their moral judgements. ​
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-454
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Value Inquiry
Volume51
Issue number3
Early online dateFeb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • integrity
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Moral psychology

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