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Title: The ethos of business and the denial of the tragic : four literary studies
Author: Amiridis, Kostas
ISNI:       0000 0004 2752 9449
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis attempts to inquire into the formation and consolidation of the ethos of business within the cultural and historical context of the twentieth century. Its aim is to reopen the debate about the nature of business ethics by focussing on the cultural complexities that underlie much of the contemporary discourse on business ethics, and to explore the historical and cultural conditions of possibility of the appearance of business and the figure of the businessman/woman as two of the central cultural and moral principles of contemporary society. To this extent, I seek to offer an alternative reading of 'business ethics', which in the mainstream literature devoted to this topic, is presented not only as a side-effect of business life but also as a technical or therapeutic problem that always has a possible solution. The various efforts that constitute the domain of business ethics have in common a vision where 'ethics' can be abolished through the application of a moral ~ technique that would create a type of business person, business organisation and society from which all the ethical contradictions and conflicts can simply be removed. Rather than focussing on the various techniques of business ethics that attempt to prescribe and secure what counts as 'good' or 'bad' business behaviour, this project seeks to explore the fundamental question of who is the historical subj ect through whom and for whom an ethics of business arises in the first place. Accordingly, this project offers an analysis of the contemporary ethos of management that is predicated upon a specific understanding of that historical subject and argues that both business ethics and the ethos of management share a common ground: the denial of the tragic. It then proceeds by offering a description of the idea of the tragic in order to recover and re-establish it as an indispensable and constitutive element of the ethos of business. For the recovery of the tragic, four modem novels are analysed and interpreted in which the ethos of business and the character of businesspeople are depicted in their essential tragic dimension.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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