Moral Disjunction and Role Coadunation in Business and the Professions

Rita Mota, Alan D. Morrison

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We consider the problem of moral disjunction in professional and business activities from a virtue-ethical perspective. Moral disjunction arises when the behavioral demands of a role conflict with personal morality; it is an important problem because most people in modern societies occupy several complex roles that can cause this clash to occur. We argue that moral disjunction, and the psychological mechanisms that people use to cope with it, are problematic because they make it hard to pursue virtue and to live with integrity. We present role coadunation as a process with epistemic and behavioral aspects that people can use to resolve moral disjunction with integrity. When role coadunation is successful, it enables people to live virtuous lives of appropriate narrative disunity and to honor their identity-conferring commitments. We show how role coadunation can be facilitated by interpretive communities and discuss the emergence and ideal features of those communities.
Idioma originalAnglès
Número d’articlePII S1052150X2200032X
Nombre de pàgines32
RevistaBusiness Ethics Quarterly
Estat de la publicacióPublicació electrònica prèvia a la impressió - de gen. 2023


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