The following paper was presented at Saints and Madmen: Integrity at its Limits, at the Einstein Forum in June 2014.
The rhetoric of integration appeals to an all-encompassing spirit of reconciliation and unity. Yet the theory of integrity has to account for the fact that integrity cannot be thought without demarcations and distinctions: Literally speaking a person of integrity is a person untouched, a person defending her sound state of mind. Integrity is polemical in nature, it is opposed to commonplaces, common wisdom, and common sense. From without, integrity may even be regarded as an evasion, as a state of depravity. This paper discusses the ambivalent stance of integrity mainly by reference to Denis Diderot and Hegel.
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