[Vision2020] Installment 16: Integrity

Joe Campbell philosopher.joe at gmail.com
Fri Dec 31 07:38:51 PST 2010

Forgot to add this:


On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 7:28 AM, Joe Campbell <philosopher.joe at gmail.com> wrote:
> This seems wrong. To act in accordance with what is right or wrong is to be
> moral or ethical. But being moral or ethical is not equivalent to having
> integrity. Here is a revealing paragraph from another on-line source, The
> Encyclopedia of Philosophy <http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/integrity/>.
> "Integrity is one of the most important and oft-cited of virtue terms. It is
> also perhaps the most puzzling. For example, while it is sometimes used
> virtually synonymously with ‘moral,’ we also at times distinguish acting
> morally from acting with integrity. Persons of integrity may in fact act
> immorally—though they would usually not know they are acting immorally. Thus
> one may acknowledge a person to have integrity even though that person may
> hold importantly mistaken moral views. When used as a virtue term,
> ‘integrity’ refers to a quality of a person's character; however, there are
> other uses of the term.
> "One may speak of the integrity of a wilderness region or an ecosystem, a
> computerized database, a defense system, a work of art, and so on. When it
> is applied to objects, integrity refers to the wholeness, intactness or
> purity of a thing—meanings that are sometimes carried over when it is
> applied to people. A wilderness region has integrity when it has not been
> corrupted by development or by the side-effects of development, when it
> remains intact as wilderness. A database maintains its integrity as long as
> it remains uncorrupted by error; a defense system as long as it is not
> breached. A musical work might be said to have integrity when its musical
> structure has a certain completeness that is not intruded upon by
> uncoordinated, unrelated musical ideas; that is, when it possesses a kind of
> musical wholeness, intactness and purity."
> The Encyclopedia of Philosophy <http://plato.stanford.edu> is a great source
> for philosophical information by the way.
> On Dec 30, 2010, at 12:17 AM, Jeff Harkins <jeffh at moscow.com> wrote:
> Please excuse the delay in Installment 16 - we had numerous power outages
> here in the hinterland.  I will do my best to respond to mail tomorrow.
> Integrity:
> is to act according to what is right and wrong.
> This installment has a video associated with it - check it out!
> http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/78-Reach
> An interesting quote on integrity
> When what we want to do and what we ought to do are two different things,
> character is built in the choice we make.
> Bill Bennett American Businessman And Author  (born 1956);
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