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The common good, the self and human action under capitalism and beyond

October 16 @ 1.00 pm - 1.45 pm

This presentation briefly examines how the good and the self are reduced and misunderstood in modern capitalism

Drawing from Professor Akrivou’s and wider research in personalist and Virtue Ethics and organisational studies, she will summarise how capitalism arose, its roots in economic history terms and its impact in economic, social and political organisation. Deeper Causes and origins of capitalism in modern philosophical thinking since the 14th and mainly through the 16th centuries are examined next. This section also covers taken for granted beliefs and approaches linked to our economic life and interaction hamper the possibility for a genuine common good orientation which puts human flourishing at the core. We will close with suggested ways to move forward which do not deny the “modern” paradigm but courageously address what needs to be reviewed at its core. Drawing from transcendental personalist anthropology and Virtue philosophy the speaker will explore why our approaches for approaching work and wider human relations should be expanded, informed by what really constitutes us as human beings (in ontological philosophical anthropology terms). This webinar is supported by a practical case study to enable understanding, as well as conversational learning and opportunity for individual and group reflection.

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About the speaker: Professor Kleio Akrivou

Professor Kleio Akrivou is Professor of Business Ethics and Moral Development at the University of Reading’s Henley Business School. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree with a cross-disciplinary focus on Moral Psychology and adult development from Case Western Reserve University’s department of Organisational Behaviour (USA). Previous to her PhD she also completed cross-disciplinary bachelors and Masters of Science degrees with a focus on Management / administration and International Commerce and relations and worked in a large research project in the prefecture of Strasbourg France. Kleio is a Senior Fellow of the U.K. Higher Education Academy, has worked with the Lloyds Banking Group as an expert panel member in their Stakeholder Engagement project in the UK and is supporting BluePrint UK and Ethical Reading in their work. Kleio is also working jointly with other networks and institutions to engage practice and research relevant to Business and Society as well as Ethical Education. Previously to her academic career, Kleio had a decade long career as senior consultant consulting internationally within known firms in Europe and S.E. Asia (Singapore)- in the areas of psychological assessment of human motivation via projective testing, as well as the use of psychometrics and teaching for leadership development.

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