Vocational Virtue Ethics: Prospects for a Virtue Ethic Approach to Business

Journal of Business Ethics 116 (2):283-296 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In this essay, I explore the prospects for a virtue ethic approach to business. First, I delineate two fundamental criteria that I believe must be met for any such approach to be viable: viz., the virtues must be exercised for the sake of the good of one’s life as a unitary whole (contra role-morality approaches) and for the common good of the communities of which one is a part as well as the individual good of their members (contra egoist approaches). Second, I argue that these two criteria can be met only if we are able to reconceive and transform the nature of work within contemporary business organizations. In particular, what is needed, I argue, is a retrieval of something like the older ideal of work as a “vocation”, or “calling”, whereby work can be viewed as a specific aspect of a more general calling to pursue, through the practice of the virtues, “the good life” both for ourselves and for others. Lastly, I consider some important challenges to this “vocational virtue ethic” approach to work within contemporary business organizations and offer a few suggestions for how they might be met

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,102

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Virtue of Governance, the Governance of Virtue.Geoff Moore - 2012 - Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (2):293-318.
Virtue Ethics, the Firm, and Moral Psychology.Daryl Koehn - 1998 - Business Ethics Quarterly 8 (3):497-513.
Business ethics: A compromise between politics and virtue. [REVIEW]Stephen Maguire - 1997 - Journal of Business Ethics 16 (12-13):1411-1418.
For-Profit Business as Civic Virtue.Jason Brennan - 2012 - Journal of Business Ethics 106 (3):313-324.
How virtue fits within business ethics.J. Thomas Whetstone - 2001 - Journal of Business Ethics 33 (2):101 - 114.
Aristotelian virtue and business ethics education.Steven M. Mintz - 1996 - Journal of Business Ethics 15 (8):827 - 838.
God, the Self, and the Ethics of Virtue.Andrew J. Dell’Olio - 1998 - Philosophy and Theology 11 (1):47-70.

Analytics

Added to PP
2012-09-01

Downloads
70 (#219,656)

6 months
5 (#366,001)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

David McPherson
University of Florida

References found in this work

A Theory of Justice: Revised Edition.John Rawls - 1999 - Harvard University Press.
Nicomachean ethics.H. Aristotle & Rackham - 2014 - Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co.. Edited by C. D. C. Reeve.
After virtue: a study in moral theory.Alasdair C. MacIntyre - 1981 - Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press.
Sources of the self: the making of the modern identity.Charles Taylor - 1989 - Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

View all 58 references / Add more references