The Challenges of Capitalism for Virtue Ethics and the Common Good
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The Challenges of Capitalism for Virtue Ethics and the Common Good

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Edited by Kleio Akrivou and Alejo José G Sison

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.
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Chapter 9: Individual and organizational virtues

Ron Beadle


Studies from a variety of theoretical perspectives confirm that work organizations affect the development of employees’ moral agency. But how, and in what direction? Rival answers to these and related questions by theorists include those who extol the bourgeois virtues required by market orders and those who regard business organizations as corrosive of the virtues. Empirical research into virtues in organizations has done little to resolve the issue. This chapter illustrates the dimensions of these disputes and attempts to diagnose their cause. The author argues that rival accounts of the impact of business on moral agency presuppose radically different views of those individual, public and common goods to whose achievement the virtues must be directed.

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