Publication Date

2012

Abstract

This essay is an exploration of some major elements in the ethical theory and moral psychology of Robert C. Solomon. The main context for the discussion is business ethics, an area in which Solomon was a major and frequent contributor for some three decades. Special attention is given to his construction of his own version of Aristotelian virtue ethics. In building his virtue-ethical position, he gave a major place to the psychological aspects of virtue. In particular, he brought out the ethical importance of emotions as at once cognitive and affective and as major elements in both the constitution of virtue and the sustenance of ethical conduct in day-to-day life. The essay explores his treatment of certain virtues, his view of the character traits particularly important for business ethics, and the perennial question whether any virtue ethics is normatively complete.

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Book Chapter

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