Edited by Kleio Akrivou and Alejo José G Sison
Chapter 13: Non-Western virtue ethics, commerce and the common good
AbstractSome scholars and politicians have suggested that Eastern and Western cultures are irreconcilably different and that their members engage in fundamentally incommensurable ethical practices. This chapter shows that differing cultures do not necessarily operate on radically different moral principles. On the contrary, if we adopt a virtue ethics perspective, we discover that Western and at least some non-Western cultures have historically shared and operated with a remarkably similar view of ethics. This similarity is apparent in how the Western philosopher Aristotle and the Eastern thinker Confucius evaluate the potential goodness of business people’s commercial activity.
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