ABSTRACT

Interest in Aristotelianism and in virtue ethics has been growing for half a century but as yet the strengths of the study of Aristotelian ethics in politics have not been matched in economics. This ground-breaking text fills that gap. Challenging the premises of neoclassical economic theory, the contributors take issue with neoclassicism’s foundational separation of values from facts, with its treatment of preferences as given, and with its consequent refusal to reason about final ends. The contrary presupposition of this collection is that ethical reasoning about human ends is essential for any sustainable economy, and that reasoning about economic goods should therefore be informed by reasoning about what is humanly and commonly good. Contributions critically engage with aspects of corporate capitalism, managerial power and neoliberal economic policy, and reflect on the recent financial crisis from the point of view of Aristotelian virtue ethics. Containing a new chapter by Alasdair MacIntyre, and deploying his arguments and conceptual scheme throughout, the book critically analyses the theoretical presuppositions and institutional reality of modern capitalism.

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

ByAndrius Bielskis, Kelvin Knight

part |67 pages

The Virtue Critique of Capitalist Economy

chapter |16 pages

The Irrelevance of Ethics

ByAlasdair MacIntyre

chapter |10 pages

Neoliberalism and its Threat to Moral Agency

ByBob Brecher

chapter |22 pages

Economics as Ethical Pre-condition of the Credit Crunch

ByWilliam Dixon, David Wilson

chapter |18 pages

Is Aristotelian Capitalism Possible? 1

ByRajeev Sehgal

part |79 pages

Polemicising the Critique

part |95 pages

Alternatives to Capitalist Economy