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Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
6.“The virtue of integrity does not exist in isolation rather it involves several other virtues to supplement and complement it”, In the light of the above statement discuss in detail what way Integrity is not just a single trait in itself. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications
Why this question:
The theme of the question is the virtue of Integrity and the importance of it.
Key demand of the question:
The question expects one to explain how and in what ways the virtue of integrity is not a single virtue but one that complements and supplements many other virtues and traits.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly explain the virtue of Integrity.
Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Explain that In ethics when discussing behavior and morality, an individual is said to possess the virtue of integrity if the individual’s actions are based upon an internally consistent framework of principles. Highlight the relation of the virtue of integrity with other virtues, quote examples to justify it.
Conclude by reasserting the significance of Integrity in general and to administration in particular with the fact that the virtue is more a key that supplements and complements many other factors.