The evolution of modern capitalist society is increasingly being marked by an undeniable and consistent tension between pure economic and ethical ways of valuing and acting. This book is a collaborative and cross-disciplinary contribution that challenges the assumptions of capitalist business and society. It ultimately reflects on how to restore benevolence, collaboration, wisdom and various forms of virtuous deliberation amongst all those who take part in the common good, drawing inspiration from European history and continental philosophical traditions on virtue.
Editors Kleio Akrivou and Alejo Jose G. Sison unite well-known academics who examine new ways of understanding the relations between social classes, organizations, groups and the role of actors-persons. They propose ways to restore virtue in our economy-society-person relations with the purpose of overcoming the current challenges of capitalism which more often than not sacrifice happiness and broader, sustained prosperity for the achievement of short-term efficiency. This book also explores a moral psychology that underpins normative virtue ethics theory, and seeks a deeper understanding on how the concept of prudence and the distinct forms of rational excellence have evolved since Aristotle and the co-evolution of Western-Aristotelian and Eastern virtue ethics traditions.
This interdisciplinary book will be of interest to business ethics scholars, organizational behaviour academics, organizational sociologists, qualitative research scholars and economic historians. Policy-makers who are interested in improving collaborative frameworks and cross-institutional collaboration policies will also find value in this book.
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 328
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
'The excellent authors in this wide-ranging but coherent body of essays largely decimate certain important ethical presuppositions of post-industrial capitalism and offer better ones. Relying on the virtue-based approach of Aristotle and like-minded moral philosophers, the authors enlighten business ethics by bringing to bear the insight that human nature and well-being essentially involve values of community.' -- Edwin Hartman, retired Professor, New York University, US
'Despite skepticism about character and virtue, virtue ethics and the common good are still among the most influential frameworks in applied ethics in general and in business ethics in particular. This is an ambitious, carefully argued and stimulating collection, which explains why character is not and cannot be dead in business and philosophical research. The Challenges of Capitalism for Virtue Ethics and the Common Good examines new and rich directions for the character approach in today's economic and political context. It is remarkably useful to all with an interest in normative business ethics and an indispensable guide for virtue ethicists in business schools.' -- Miguel Alzola, Professor, Fordham University, US
'A serious attempt to recover an understanding of the economy within the realm of human action, with the common good at the centre and under the guidance of the virtues.' -- Domenec Mele, Chair of Business Ethics, University of Navarre, Spain