Date of Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD)
Second Committee Member
Philosophy, religion and theology, Psychology, Commitment, Integrity, Practical identity, Self, Utilitarianism, Value
This dissertation deals with integrity understood as a state of the psyche. Its primary interlocutor is Professor Bernard Williams, and its point of departure is my interpretation of his Objection from Integrity to impartialist moral theories. Against Williams, I hope to show that the active adherent of impartialist ethical systems (e.g., act utilitarianism) may retain both moral integrity and integrity. In demonstrating this, I make use of a variant of Roy Schafer’s action language approach to psychoanalysis, and what I call practical aestheticism.
Briggs, R. N. (2015). Impartialist Ethics and Psychic Disintegration: A Talking Cure. Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/1320