Cox, Damian, La Caze, Marguerite and Levine, Michael (2014). Integrity. In Stan van Hooft, Nafsika Athanassoulis, Jason Kawall, Justin Oakley, Nicole Saunders and Liezl Van Zyl (Ed.), The Handbook of Virtue Ethics (pp. 200-209) Durham, United Kingdom: Acumen Publishing.

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Author Cox, Damian
La Caze, Marguerite
Levine, Michael
Title of chapter Integrity
Title of book The Handbook of Virtue Ethics
Place of Publication Durham, United Kingdom
Publisher Acumen Publishing
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
Series Acumen Handbooks
ISBN 9781844656394
Editor Stan van Hooft
Nafsika Athanassoulis
Jason Kawall
Justin Oakley
Nicole Saunders
Liezl Van Zyl
Chapter number 17
Start page 200
End page 209
Total pages 10
Total chapters 41
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Integrity is prized in public office and private life. To remark on a person's lack of integrity is to criticize the person's character in some way. To remark on a person's possession of integrity is to praise at least some aspect of their character. Thus integrity appears to be a virtue. But exactly what kind of virtue might it be? We speak of attributes such as professional, intellectual and artistic integrity. However, we also use the term "integrity" to describe a feature of general character, and philosophers have been especially concerned to understand this latter use of the term. What is it for a person to exhibit integrity throughout life? What is it to be a person of integrity? In this chapter we offer an answer to these questions. We arrive at our answer by way of contrast. An obvious candidate answer is that integrity is the virtue of achieving or maintaining an integrated self. We argue that this account is wrong, but wrong in a very revealing way. We develop an account of integrity - integrity as the virtue of successfully talking one's life seriously - on the basis of our criticism of the idea of integrity as self-integration, as well as our critical appraisal of other accounts of integrity offered in the philosophical literature.
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