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Applying Aristotelian and Confucian Virtue Ethics to Humane Work in the Business Context

Daryl Koehn

Humanistic Management Journal, 2022, vol. 7, issue 2, No 2, 189-209

Abstract: Abstract What is humane work? What does such work look like in a business context? This paper articulates two ways of thinking about humane work using an Aristotelian and a Confucian virtue ethics approach. This approach reveals the need to think about (1) work’s connection not merely with autonomy but with self-refinement and self-perfection, with craft, and with the production of genuinely good goods; (2) possible dangers (e.g., the risk of generating envy) of focusing too much on pay issues in connection with humane work; (3) the relation between humane work and political regimes; and (4) the role played by stakeholders other than managers in the humanizing of work.

Keywords: Humane work; Aristotle; Confucius; Virtue ethics; Goods and services (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-022-00134-4

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