, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 369-378
Date: 09 Oct 2012

Integrity, Commitment, and a Coherent Self

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A Preliminary Characterization of Integrity

Integrity is important for our understanding of what it means to possess a constituted and coherent self. Many discussions of integrity are focused on relationships among moral principles and virtues. Philosophers pay less attention to any relationship that integrity might have to practical agency or personal identity, and as a result, fail to appreciate the special relation integrity has to the constitution of a coherent self. Central to integrity are considerations about self-identity and agency, because it is through ongoing and deliberate activities that reflect the type of person someone wishes to identify with that a person constitutes self-identity and agency in a coherent manner. An individual who holds haphazard values, engages in little reflection on the type of person she identifies with, or puts minimal effort in acting according to principles has not constituted a coherent self. A self is coherent insofar as the activities and pri...