Can Finance Be a Virtuous Practice? A MacIntyrean Account

Rocchi, Marta, Ferrero, Ignacio and Beadle, Ron (2021) Can Finance Be a Virtuous Practice? A MacIntyrean Account. Business Ethics Quarterly, 31 (1). pp. 75-105. ISSN 1052-150X

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Finance may suffer from institutional deformations that subordinate its distinctive goods to the pursuit of external goods, but this should encourage attempts to reform the institutionalization of finance rather than to reject its potential for virtuous business activity. This article argues that finance should be regarded as a domain-relative practice (Beabout 2012; MacIntyre 2007). Alongside management, its moral status thereby varies with the purposes it serves. Hence, when practitioners working in finance facilitate projects that create common goods, it allows them to develop virtues. This argument applies MacIntyre’s widely acknowledged account of the relationship between practices and the development of virtues while questioning some of his claims about finance. It also takes issue with extant accounts of particular financial functions that have failed to identify the distinctive goods of financial practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MacIntyre, Finance Ethics, Virtue Ethics, Finance, Domain-Relative Practice
Subjects: N300 Finance
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2020 08:42
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 14:46

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