Title

Aristotle's Ethics: A Viable System for Today's Life and Business

Defense Date

11-18-2013

Graduation Date

Fall 1-1-2013

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Philosophy

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Ronald Polanksy

Committee Member

Jennifer Bates

Committee Member

James Swindal

Keywords

Aristotle's ethics, business ethics, Eudaimonia, happiness, virtue, virtue ethics

Abstract

This dissertation investigates the viability of Aristotle's ethics as applied to contemporary life in general, and business management in particular. The process begins with the consideration of Aristotle's practical science and the refutation of the alleged metaphysical presuppositions of Aristotle's ethics. Next, I show the unique perspective Aristotle offers that is lacking in modern ethical systems. Here, the argument is for a non-moral `ought'. I then analyze the basic arguments Aristotle used to develop the outline of his eudaemonism. The dissertation concludes with several arguments for the viability of Aristotle's system in creating a business ethics for today.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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