Integrity

Paperback | December 19, 1996

byStephen L. Carter

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Why do we care more about winning than about playing by the rules?

Integrity - all of us are in favor of it, but nobody seems to know how to make sure that we get it. From presidential candidates to crusading journalists to the lords of collegiate sports, everybody promises to deliver integrity, yet all too often, the promises go unfulfilled.

Stephen Carter examines why the virtue of integrity holds such sway over the American political imagination. By weaving together insights from philosophy, theology, history and law, along with examples drawn from current events and a dose of personal experience, Carter offers a vision of integrity that has implications for everything from marriage and politics to professional football. He discusses the difficulties involved in trying to legislate integrity as well as the possibilities for teaching it.

As the Cleveland Plain Dealer said, "In a measured and sensible voice, Carter attempts to document some of the paradoxes and pathologies that result from pervasive ethical realism... If the modern drift into relativism has left us in a cultural and political morass, Carter suggests that the assumption of personal integrity is the way out."

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The acclaimed author of The Culture of Disbelief turns his critical eye to the mystery of why the virtue of integrity holds such sway over the American political imagination.

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Why do we care more about winning than about playing by the rules? Integrity - all of us are in favor of it, but nobody seems to know how to make sure that we get it. From presidential candidates to crusading journalists to the lords of collegiate sports, everybody promises to deliver integrity, yet all too often, the promises go unfu...

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University. Born in 1954 in Washington, D.C., Professor Carter was educated in the public schools of New York City, Washington, and Ithaca, New York. In 1976 he received his bachelor's degree with honors from Stanford University, where he majored in history, and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:December 19, 1996Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060928077

ISBN - 13:9780060928070

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The acclaimed author of The Culture of Disbelief turns his critical eye to the mystery of why the virtue of integrity holds such sway over the American political imagination.

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"Carter is the appropriate person to begin this discussion on integrity. He wrote with integrity long before he wrote about it."(New Republic)