Constancy and integrity: (Un)measurable virtues?

Robson, Angus (2015) Constancy and integrity: (Un)measurable virtues? Business Ethics: A European Review, 24 (S2). S115-S129. ISSN 1467-8608

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The current article offers a short critique of some of the pre-suppositions of the positive psychology approach. It takes the seminal book 'Character Strengths and Virtues' by Peterson and Seligman (2004) as the key text, and then explores an alternative programme of enquiry offered by virtue ethics as articulated by MacIntyre. The MacIntyrean approach developed here is consciously focused on traditions of virtue ethics, engaging in empirical enquiry from within a particular tradition, and enquiring into the practical ethics of others who may themselves be members of that same tradition, or who may be adherents of some alternative tradition. The purpose of this article is to explore some of the fundamental differences between this kind of virtue ethics approach and that offered by positive psychology. It is suggested that philosophy is much better placed to undertake empirical work than Peterson and Seligman assume, and that their claims to possess superior data should be treated with caution, particularly in respect of their championing of measurement over philosophy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N100 Business studies
V500 Philosophy
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2015 10:42
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:49

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