Title

Cultivation of virtuousness and self-actualization in the workplace

Date of this Version

2015

Document Type

Book Chapter

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Fernando M., & Chowdhury, Rafi M. M. I. (2015). Cultivation of virtuousness and self-actualization in the workplace. In A. J. G. Sison (Ed.), Handbook of virtue ethics in business and management (pp. 1-13). The Netherlands: Springer.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

ISBN

9789400767294

Abstract

In Aristotelian ethics, cultivation of virtuous or good behavior is the key to achieving happiness or eudaemonia or human flourishing. Although Abraham Maslow is considered as a twentieth-century “eudaemonist,” there is no comprehensive examination of the link between cultivating virtuousness and self-actualization in the workplace. Work allows people to become self-actualized (Maslow A. Maslow on management. Wiley, New York, 1998). This chapter considers cultivation of virtuousness and self-actualization through work as a process of development of the self toward higher well-being. After reviewing the relevant literature on Aristotelian ethics and positive psychology, we propose cultivating virtuousness and self-actualization at work as a project of the self, a project of growing, becoming, and evolving toward the ideal self. We highlight views that would support such a thesis.

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