COMPROMISE AND/OR INTEGRITY? SOME NORMATIVE REMARKS
In a compromise parties make a strategic calculation that a sacrifice of
some their commitments is the best tactic to advance their other values and
interests over their current positions. But if we try to figure a compromise as a way
to get to agreements that can minimize harm and promote mutual respect between
individuals, and could increase the level of cooperation between them, we can
consider a compromise shaped in that way as an agreement that can translate at
its best some of the individual’s deliberative ideals, as fairness and mutual respect.
This kind of compromise will be different from simple negotiation, and more
demanding to each one of the parties. It will require first and foremost a reciprocal
recognition of moral fairness. But can we ever compromise on matters of ethical
principle without compromising our integrity?