Integrity in the Early Modern & Modern Era

The reformations and revolutions of these periods brought new demands for integrity and possibilities for expressing and undermining it. Both personally and philosophically, conscience became a particularly important mode for discussing integrity, and both the opportunity and necessity for taking on multiple and shifting identities became more widespread. With the rise of printing and its associated manifestation in the press, integrity and calls to it became not just a personal matter but a political one. This period provides a context within which to examine the relationship between conceptions of the individual, society, and integrity.

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Related Issues

A. Tracing the development in thinking about integrity

B. What explains the growth of interest in issues to do with integrity in the modern era?

C. The pressures towards the split between public and private and its implications, conceptual and practical

D. Protestantism as Language of Integrity

E. Conscience and Authenticity

Suggested Readings

– Butler et al. re: conscience

– Rousseau – integrity and authenticity (different? same?)

– Shakespeare and the rise of the novel as explorations of and interest in personality
and personal integrity (and lack of it) in a new way.

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