Understanding the Ethics of Competition

  • David Cowan
Part of the Great Thinkers in Economics book series (GTE)


The roots of economic thinking, and political issues related to economy, lie in moral thinking, going back to the Greek classics. Frank Knight noted that there was no justification of competition as a motive to be found in the Aristotelian conception of the good as that which is intrinsically worthy of the human as human, or what Plato called the archetypical goodness. Knight explained:


Economic Freedom Moral Study Economic Organization Political Freedom Competitive System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cowan
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  1. 1.Boston CollegeBostonUSA

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