Aristotle's natural wealth: The role of limitation in thwarting misordered concupiscence [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 84 (2):209 - 219 (2009)
I argue that Aristotle's approach to the proper type of acquisition, use-value, want, and accumulation/storage of wealth is oriented less to excluding commercial activity, such as that of Aristotle's Athens, than to forestalling misordered concupiscence – the taking of an inherendy limited good for the unlimited, or highest, good. That is, his moral aversion to taking a means for an end lies behind his rendering of the sort of wealth that is natural. By stressing the limited nature of natural wealth, Aristode distinguishes such wealth qua limited from an artificial unlimited desire for profit in order to drive home his point that wealth ought not be taken as an objective good (i. e., good in itself)
Keywords ethical theory  natural wealth  Aristotle  greed  ancient philosophy  golden age  justice
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Peter Hadreas (2002). Aristotle on the Vices and Virtue of Wealth. Journal of Business Ethics 39 (4):361 - 376.

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