An Ethics Model of the Firm

Beyond MacIntyre’s practice–institution framework This paper has been prepared by Edward A. David for the 2022 Annual Conference of the Society for Business Ethics. Please do not copy, distribute, or cite without my permission. I’m happy to share a full version of the short paper upon request. Introduction Business ethics is a broad church. InContinue reading “An Ethics Model of the Firm”

Lectures: Character formation at Trinity Law School

Last week, I wrote and recorded two guest lectures for an elective course on ethics, law, and public policy at Trinity Law School, California. Using the parable of the shrewd manager (Luke 16: 1-8) as an illustration, the first lecture introduces students to the virtue of practical wisdom, showing how it (phronesis) directs the otherContinue reading “Lectures: Character formation at Trinity Law School”

Lecture: Should education be transformative? An Aristotelian critique

Last week, I gave a short paper on transformative learning theory at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. The event was part of an informal lecture series that brings together the Hall’s faculty, fellows, and students for evenings of discussion and conviviality. My paper was an edited version of a talk that I delivered in August for aContinue reading “Lecture: Should education be transformative? An Aristotelian critique”

Lectures: Wisdom, corporate responsibility, and the social role of business

According to Aristotle, a virtue is an enduring disposition that allows a person to think, feel and act well, or appropriately, in a given situation (Nicomachean Ethics 1105b25–6). For example, against the attack of an enemy, the virtuous soldier reacts with courage, not cowardice or foolhardiness. She would direct her thoughts, feelings and actions inContinue reading “Lectures: Wisdom, corporate responsibility, and the social role of business”