Many people have claimed that integrity requires sticking to one's convictions come what may. Greg Scherkoske challenges this claim, arguing that it creates problems in distinguishing integrity from fanaticism, close-mindedness or mere inertia. Rather, integrity requires sticking to one's convictions to the extent that they are justifiable and likely to be correct. In contrast to traditional views of integrity, Scherkoske contends that it is an epistemic virtue intimately connected to what we know and have reason to believe, rather than an essentially moral virtue connected to our values. He situates integrity in the context of shared cognitive and practical agency and shows that the relationship between integrity and impartial morality is not as antagonistic as many have thought - which has important implications for the 'integrity objection' to impartial moral theories. This original and provocative study will be of great interest to advanced students and scholars of ethics.
Greg Scherkoske is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Dalhousie University, Canada. He is the editor of Engaging Moral Theory (forthcoming).
1. Two cheers for integrity?; 2. Integrity and moral danger; 3. Might integrity be an intellectual virtue?; 4. Integrity and self-trust; 5. Integrity, assurance and responsibility; 6. Integrity and impartial morality I; 7. Integrity and impartial morality II; Postscript: the moral importance of leading a convincing life.