Belief and Integrity: Philosophical Dialogues

Belief and Integrity: Philosophical Dialogues

Belief and Integrity: Philosophical Dialogues

Belief and Integrity: Philosophical Dialogues

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This is a book of short dialogues. The dialogues, and their characters, approach some of the problems or questions in life from a variety of angles. Regardless of the angle, and the theme chosen for a particular dialogue, two questions arise for each character: what does he believe, and does he have integrity?

Is it possible to believe without integrity? Perhaps we should say that integrity means living up to your beliefs. But what if you believe contradictory things? How do you live up to that?

Does anyone live in a pure state of non-contradiction? Is it the art in life not to let your contradictions show? Or maybe contradictions are fine as long as they are the generally accepted contradictions we see in everyday life.

Some beliefs are better than others. How do we know that? As the characters engage in dialogue some of that should come clear. Some beliefs are inherently stronger than others, it seems.

And it may seem that some characters are stronger than others. Is that a function of integrity alone, or integrity coupled to the right beliefs? Can strong belief alone give one strength? Can a lack of integrity destroy one’s beliefs over time?

How do you build up integrity? You act. But what sort of acts are possible in these very short dialogues? To speak can be to act, and the characters do nothing if not speak. But what is left unsaid? That, too, must be taken into account. Is holding one’s tongue an act?

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