Everyday Moral Exemplars: The Case of Judge Sam Medina

Cindy Rugeley, Montgomery Van Wart

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Discussion of moral exemplars tends to focus on individuals who occupy exalted positions, but everyday leaders and street-level bureaucrats can also be exemplars. This article uses a model of exemplar behavior based both on good character (recognizing and reflecting on ethical issues, and translating this into ethical actions) and on the more demanding high character (making a substantial contribution and being prepared to exhibit sacrifice or courage for the common good). The profile of one everyday moral exemplar is used to illustrate the argument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-394
Number of pages14
JournalPublic Integrity
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


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