Governance Research Digest – January 2012
The article examines the conceptual relationship between personalism and humanism. This article furthers that research by arguing that a true humanistic management is personalistic.
- Article claims that personalism is promising as a sound philosophical foundation for business ethics.
- Insights from Jacques Maritain’s work are discussed in support of these conclusions.
- Of particular interest is his distinction between human person and individual based on a realistic metaphysics that, in turn, grounds human dignity and the natural law as the philosophical basis for human rights, personal virtues, and a common good defined in terms of properly human ends.
- Although Maritain is widely regarded as one of the foremost twentieth century personalist philosophers, his contribution has not been sufficiently considered in the business ethics and humanistic management literature.
- Important implications of Maritainian personalism for business ethics as philosophical study and as practical professional pursuit are discussed.
Journal of Business Ethics, 105 (2), 197-219