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Integrity, Personal, and Political$
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Shmuel Nili

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198859635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198859635.001.0001

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Organizing Integrity

Organizing Integrity

(p.17) 1 Organizing Integrity
(p.iii) Integrity, Personal, and Political

Shmuel Nili

Oxford University Press

This opening chapter spells out the key concepts deployed throughout the book. It also contends, against integrity skeptics of various types, that personal integrity, understood as fidelity to one’s fundamental commitments, can actually have independent moral significance. The focus is on two arguments, both revolving around unconditional commitments. The first, the unfairness argument, holds that since morality itself pushes agents to incorporate certain unconditional commitments into their self-conception, it is unfair to criticize agents who go on to treat these commitments as an independent factor in their moral deliberation. The second argument links agents’ unconditional moral commitments to their self-respect. Both arguments allow us to see why one’s integrity is not simply parasitic upon one “doing the right thing.” Rather, integrity can inform the analysis of what one morally ought to do.

Keywords:   self-respect, duties to self, personal commitments, steadfastness, self-seeking rationalizations, unconditional commitments, morality and fairness, moral history

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