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Consistency and moral integrity: A self-determination theory perspective

Arvanitis, Alexios and Kalliris, Konstantinos (2019) 'Consistency and moral integrity: A self-determination theory perspective.' Journal of Moral Education. ISSN 0305-7240

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Abstract

If acting morally can be viewed as acting consistently with a moral principle or rule, then being a person with moral integrity can be viewed as consistently applying moral principles or rules across different types of situations. We advance a view of moral integrity that incorporates three distinct, but interrelated, types of moral consistency: cognitive, emotional and motivational moral consistency. Our approach is based on Self-Determination Theory, a motivational theory that can explain when a moral rule becomes the primary motive for behavior. We argue that moral integrity is achieved when a person acts on the basis of an internal moral system of principles, emotions and motives and provide an account of the way that it develops during a person’s interaction with the environment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-determination theory, moral integrity, cognitive consistency, morality, emotional integration
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2020 11:34
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26705

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