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Is Ethics about Fitness or Flourishing?
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Is Ethics about Fitness or Flourishing?

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Behavioral Ethics - Non-technical

Average Rating:
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Ethics |  Partner Produced
Albert D. Spalding
Course Levels:
2 Hours


"Darwinian" ethics emphasizes the survival of the fittest, and focuses on "fitness" as a way of thinking about ethical best practices. "Aristotelean" ethics emphasizes the "good life," and incorporates ethics into a way of thinking about, and living, a "good life." Which is more appropriate in today's workplace? This workshop examines real world cases through these two lenses. Participants will be invited to weigh in on their preferred approach to ethics.


Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Enhance participants’ critical thinking skills and approach to professional ethics
  • Compare traditional notions of virtue and ethics with new-Darwinian ethical theory
  • Distinguish between ethics in terms of “fitness” with ethics in terms of “flourishing”
  • Critique a real-world case in light of the concepts presented in this workshop

Major Subjects
  • Why Bother with Ethics? Is there Really Such a Thing as Ethics
  • Darwin and the Idea of Survival of the Fittest
  • Aristotle and the Idea of Human Flourishing
  • Is Professional Ethics about Fitness or Flourishing?

Course Materials


Albert D. Spalding Related seminars and products: 5


Dr. Albert Spalding is on the accounting faculty of the Mike Ilitch School of Business, where he teaches in the Master of Science in Accounting and MBA programs. “Bert” Spalding in an attorney-CPA and holds graduate degrees in business, law, psychology, philosophy and theology. He also holds the CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics) credential from the AICPA. His seminars and webinars are known for their emphasis on real world cases involving accountants who are faced with ethical and technical conflicts and dilemmas. Professor Spalding has authored several books and dozens of articles on ethics as well as on tax, forensic, fiduciary and financial accounting topics.

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For Accounting and Finance Professionals
Original Recording Date 10/24/2017
Yellow Book No
Course Developer MICPA
Date Added to Catalog 09/25/2017

Additional Information

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Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
Course Registration Requirements Online Registration
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