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Just a Job?Communication, Ethics, and Professional Life$
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George Cheney, Dan Lair, Dean Ritz, and Brenden Kendall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182774.001.0001

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Finding New Ways to Talk about Everyday Ethics

Finding New Ways to Talk about Everyday Ethics

(p.229) 7 Finding New Ways to Talk about Everyday Ethics
Just a Job?

George Cheney (Contributor Webpage)

Daniel J. Lair

Dean Ritz

Brenden E. Kendall

Oxford University Press

This chapter returns to questions of happiness, eudaimonia, virtue, and the reframing of ethics in work and life. Reviewing some of the key points of the previous chapters, it explains the value of looking beyond specific ethical decisions to the very ways ethics are typically approached and framed. Ethics, it asserts, is relevant even in instances that are not readily identified as requiring ethical decisions. The chapter argues that rather than thinking about ethics as work, as something over and above everyday work life, professionals would do well to embrace ethics as relevant to their entire array of everyday practices. Ironically, as ethics becomes “non‐special,” its application can lead to greater happiness. The chapter offers several contemporary cases to illustrate a new, non‐heroic framing of virtue at work. Through this reframing, a revived and revised theory of virtue ethics can enhance conversation about ethics, especially when we are profoundly questioning how we do business.

Keywords:   Character, Ethics, Framing, Integrity, Happiness, Narratives, Virtue

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