Ashland University Philosophy Department Sets Business Ethics Colloquium

Ashland University Philosophy Department Sets Business Ethics Colloquium

9/15/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Philosophy Department in conjunction with the AU Philosophy Club and Phi Sigma Tau are sponsoring a Philosophy Colloquium that will feature Dr. James Stover, assistant professor of philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University.

The event is set for Wednesday, Oct.  1, at 4 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall of the Dwight Schar College of Education on the AU campus. Stover, who specializes in the areas of philosophical ethics, ancient philosophy and business ethics, will deliver a talk titled “Business Ethics: Can Aristotle Save Help Us?” The event is free and open to the public.

This talk is an attempt at a sort of fusion of horizons with regards to ethics. It asks two questions: First, is Aristotle’s ethics a viable system for a person living in the 21st century? Second, is Aristotle relevant for today’s business ethics? This second question became especially poignant at the beginning of this millennium with such debacles as Enron, Arthur Anderson and WorldCom.

Moreover, these debacles were trumped by the recent financial scandals of Lehman brothers, Countrywide Financial, AIG, and others, associated with the financial meltdown of 2008 and 2009. Are there ancient answers to these modern questions? More specifically, what can Aristotle who lived over 2,300 years ago, contribute to how we live our lives and operate our businesses today?

Stover recently received his Ph.D. at Duquesne University, where his dissertation was titled "Aristotle's Ethics: A Viable System for Today's Life and Business." He also has published articles in the journal of “Ancient Philosophy” and the “Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion.” His research interests include Plato and Aristotle, philosophy of religion, Asian philosophy and the history of philosophy in general.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###