is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It is generally a personal choice to hold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards
, integrity is regarded by many people as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. Integrity can stand
in opposition to hypocrisy, in that judging with the standards of integrity involves regarding internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding within themselves apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter
. The word integrity
evolved from the Latin adjective integer
, meaning whole
. In this context, integrity is the inner sense of "wholeness" deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character. As such, one may judge that others "have integrity" to the extent that they act according to the values, beliefs and principles they claim to hold.
Significant attention is given to the subject of integrity in law and the conception of law in 20th century philosophy of law and jurisprudence
centering in part on the research of Ronald Dworkin as studied in his book Law's Empire
. Dworkin's position on integrity in law reinforces the conception of justice viewed as fairness.
A value system
's abstraction depth and range of applicable interaction may also function as significant factors in identifying integrity due to their congruence or lack of congruence with observation. A value system may evolve in a while, while retaining integrity if those who espouse
the values account for and resolve inconsistencies.