Business Ethics Journal Review 6 (8):41-46 (2018)

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Gil Hersch
Virginia Tech
Abstract
Alasdair MacIntyre argues that moral virtues are antithetical to what is required of those who trade in financial markets to succeed. MacIntyre focuses on four virtues and argues that successful traders possess none of them: (i) self-knowledge, (ii) courage, (iii) taking a long-term perspective, and (iv) tying one’s own good with some set of common goods. By contrast, I argue that (i)–(iii) are, in fact, traits of successful traders, regardless of their normative assessment. The last trait – caring about the common good – is often counterproductive in most for-profit ventures, including trading, and so singling out traders is inappropriate.
Keywords MacIntyre  Trading  Ethical trading
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Reprint years 2018
ISBN(s) 2326-7526
DOI 10.12747/bejr2018.06.08
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