Humanist Manag J https://doi.org/10.1007/s41463-018-0040-3 ORIGINAL RESEARCH Interpreting the Virtues of Mindfulness and Compassion: Contemplative Practices and Virtue-Oriented Business Ethics 1,2 Kevin T. Jackson Received: 19 February 2018 /Accepted: 29 May 2018 # Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract The article aims to provide a standpoint from which to critically address two broad concerns. The first concern surrounds a naïve view of mindfulness, which takes it as a given that it is a good thing to cultivate mindfulness and attendant qualities like compassion because these virtues are key to improving the quality of life and bettering effective decisionmaking within business. Yet the virtue of mindfulness has roots in religious and spiritual traditions, and the virtue of compassion is complex and contextual; neither of these virtues operate in a vacuum. Nor do they function independently from other virtues and values. Reasonable people of goodwill possessing the virtues of mindfulness and compassion in good measure, may never- theless strongly disagree about what the compassionate, mindful thing to do is, particularly in a business setting. It is, moreover, conceivable that intensively cultivating mindfulness and compassion could lead one to reject altogether the Bdog-eat dog^ culture of competitive business that
Humanistic Management Journal – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 5, 2018
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