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Title: Understanding the character of Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea within the framework of Aristotelian virtue ethics and its contemporary relevance in ethical management
Authors: Bharadwaj, Apoorva
Bhuyan, Nisigandha
Keywords: Literature
Practical wisdom
Virtue ethics
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Publisher: Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata
Series/Report no.: Vol.40;No.3
Abstract: In this paper the authors employ the Aristotelian virtue ethics framework of character development and habitual cultivation of courage to analyse the character of Santiago, the protagonist of Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea. This analysis is an attempt to reposition Santiago as a character who exhibits unflinching adherence to his vocational code of ethics in the execution of his work and demonstrates noble courage in battling adversities of his life and career. It is in his capacity as a professional (fisherman) that he can become relevant to the modern day business managers presenting to him the Aristotelian treatise of practical wisdom, virtue and courage through his character architecture and consummate craftsmanship.
Description: Apoorva Bharadwaj & Nisigandha Bhuyan, Business Ethics and Communications Group, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Joka, Diamond Harbour Road, Kolkata, 700 104, India
Issue Editor – Bhaskar Chakrabarti, IIM Calcutta, Kolkata, India
ISSN: 0304-0941 (print version) ; 2197-1722 (electronic version)
Appears in Collections:Issue 3, December 2013

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