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Moral UnderstandingsA Feminist Study in Ethics$
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Margaret Urban Walker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315394.001.0001

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Picking Up Pieces

Picking Up Pieces

Lives, Stories, and Integrity

(p.109) 5 Picking Up Pieces
Moral Understandings

Margaret Urban Walker

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers an account of integrity as a kind of reliability accountability under the demands of multiple commitments. Integrity involves keeping reliably coherent the fit between our actions, justifications, and presentation of ourselves to others as we sustain three kinds of intelligible narratives of identity, relationship, and value. While some contemporary philosophers stress an overarching unity in a life through the idea of a life plan, a quest, or a constitutive project, integrity on the account given can be more or less local, and individual lives may sustain more than one narrative of identity, relationship or value concurrently, or over time. Oppression need not compromise integrity, but oppressive conditions may impose distorting narratives on the lives of the oppressed and disqualify their authority to describe their lives in their own terms.

Keywords:   accountability, constitutive project, life plan, narrative of identity, narrative of relationship, narrative of value, oppression, quest

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