[Vision2020] Installment 16: Integrity

Joe Campbell philosopher.joe at gmail.com
Fri Dec 31 07:44:24 PST 2010

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On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 7:41 AM, Joe Campbell <philosopher.joe at gmail.com> wrote:
> I forgot to add this:
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> 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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