May, 2019

201927May14:3015:30Individual Faculty Research Presentation14:30 - 15:30

Event Details

When: Monday, May 27 14:30–15:30
Where: Deree Faculty Lounge

My proposal for the FRS 2018-19 Series in the section “Individual Faculty Research Presentation” has the title:

Utilizing moral frameworks from Greek philosophy to interpret and treat corporate corruption”.


I examine the theoretical basis of corporate corruption, utilizing mostly Aristotle’s ethical theory in connection with Plato’s thought. In particular, I use Aristotle’s discussion of “akrasia” (moral incontinence) as presented in the Nicomachean Ethics, in order to highlight the moral psychological framework behind corporate corruption, as well as Plato’s views of rulemanship in the Republic. I intend to show that the senior corporate leadership who act in this manner do so because of moral weakness and misapprehension of the right thing to do. Finally, I propose possible ways of treating corporate corruption in leadership through Greek moral thought.

Scheduled date: 27 May 2019

Short CV:
Ioanna Patsioti is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the School of Liberal arts and Sciences, where she currently serves as Head of Department of History, Philosophy and the Ancient World. She holds an MPhil in Greek Philosophy and Classics from the University College London (UCL) and a PhD with honours in Philosophy from the Philosophy School, University of Athens. Before joining Deree, she taught Classics at the University College London, and Moral and Political Philosophy, as Associate Lecturer, in the Open University, UK. Her research interests and scholarship focus on the areas of Greek moral and political philosophy, with emphasis on Aristotle, theoretical ethics, business ethics, and American pragmatism. She has participated in numerous international conferences in her field of expertise and she has published several articles on Greek philosophy and one book on the relevance of Aristotle’s ethics in the domain of business and moral leadership. Her current project examines the applicability of theoretical models from antiquity to contemporary moral and political thought in the domain of corporate governance and global affairs and their significance for conflict or dilemma resolution.