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Integrity, Personal, and Political

Shmuel Nili


Conventional philosophical wisdom holds that no agent can invoke its own moral integrity—no agent can invoke fidelity to its deepest ethical commitments—as an independent moral consideration. This is because moral integrity simply consists in doing what is, all-things-considered, the right thing. Shmuel Nili argues that this conventional wisdom is mistaken with regard to individual agents, but is especially misguided with regard to liberal democracies as collective agents. Even more than individual persons, liberal democracies as collective agents often face integrity considerations of indepen ... More

Keywords: collective agency, political philosophy, moral philosophy, political realism, virtue ethics, applied ethics, collective integrity, Václav Havel, Michelle Bachelet, Czech Republic, Silvio Berlusconi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198859635
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198859635.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shmuel Nili, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University