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“We ought to eat in order to work, not vice versa”: MacIntyre, practices, and the best work for humankind.

Sinnicks, M. (2020) “We ought to eat in order to work, not vice versa”: MacIntyre, practices, and the best work for humankind. Journal of Business Ethics. ISSN 1573-0697

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10551-020-04603-4

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This paper draws a distinction between ‘right MacIntyreans’ who are relatively optimistic that MacIntyre’s vision of ethics can be realised in capitalist society, and ‘left MacIntyreans’ who are sceptical about this possibility, and aims to show that the ‘left MacIntyrean’ position is a promising perspective available to business ethicists. It does so by arguing for a distinction between ‘community-focused’ practices and ‘excellence-focused’ practices. The latter concept fulfils the promise of practices to provide us with an understanding of the best work for humankind and highlights the affinities between MacIntyre’s concept of a practice and Marx’s conception of good work as free, creative activity. The paper concludes with a suggestion that we reflect on the best forms of work so that we can strive to ensure the very best activities, those most consonant with our flourishing, one day become available to all.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:98458
Publisher:Springer

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