Goods, Interests and the Language of Morals

In Andrius Bielskis & Kelvin Knight (eds.), Virtue and Economy. Essays on Morality and Markets. Boulder: Ashgate (2015)

Piotr Machura
University Of Silesia In Katowice
The aim of this chapter is to examine tentatively the difference between two kinds of moral frameworks based on the concepts of the good and that of interest. I shall start with some introductory remarks on language taken as an explanatory framework rooted in Gadamer and a hermeneutical reading of MacIntyre. In parts two and three, I use this hermeneutical background to analyse the difference between the concept of the good as seen within the classical tradition and that of interest as it came up with the turn of modernity. I also deal with some consequences of this distinction for ethics. Finally, in part four I discuss the possibilities of using the Aristotelian idea of the ethical in a contemporary social and philosophical context. I argue for the necessity of including some references to developed economics by pointing out those aspects of Martha Nussbaum’s and Amartya Sen’s projects, which promote a conception of the good within liberal economics.
Keywords neo-Aristotelianism  the good  Alasdair MacIntyre  interest  ethics  economis  language of morals
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