Thematic Symposium Editorial: Virtue Ethics Between East and West

  • Miguel AlzolaEmail author
  • Alicia Hennig
  • Edward Romar
Editorial Essay


Virtue ethics is widely recognized as one of three major approaches in contemporary moral philosophy and arguably the most influential normative theory in business ethics. Despite its rich pedigree in Western and Eastern philosophy, most work in contemporary virtue ethics is part of the Western tradition. The purpose of this Thematic Symposium is to foster dialogue between Western and Eastern conceptions of virtue in business and engage them with questions about the nature, justification, and content of the virtues in each tradition. This Editorial offers a brief introduction to the problem, a summary of Western and Eastern varieties of virtue ethics, an overview of the six articles included in this Thematic Symposium, and a section with five common themes for further exploration and future collaborative research (namely, the centrality of rites and rituals, the normative status of social relationships and organizations, role modeling, the analogy of families and communities to define the business corporation, and the definition of social responsibilities).


Virtue Character Ethical theory Roles Rituals Social relationships 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fordham UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Southeast UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.University of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA

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