The purpose of this paper is to present the philosophical roots of development ethics as a field of study with its interdisciplinary character.
The conceptual and historical evolution of development ethics is unfolded through Aristotle’s philosophy.
The authors argued that Aristotle’s philosophy, incorporating the concepts of “a good life” and “a good society,” defines ethical development and influences contemporary development ethics.
Development ethics is a relatively new field of study within social sciences and determines the ethical perspective of development in a holistic and normative manner. It is important to understand the antecedents, pioneers and contemporary practitioners of development ethics and how they are related. Based on the authors’ knowledge, there has been limited research regarding the origins of the concept of a “good society” as a determinant factor of development. In this context, Aristotle’s philosophy incorporating the concepts of a “good life” and a “good society” is the founding determinant in the study of ethical development.
The authors are grateful to the two reviewers and to Robert Scott for his valuable comments. The authors of this paper have not made their research data set openly available. Any enquiries regarding the data set can be directed to the corresponding author
Marangos, J., Astroulakis, N. and Triarchi, E. (2019), "The philosophical roots of development ethics", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 46 No. 4, pp. 523-531. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSE-05-2018-0279Download as .RIS
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