Alternative Perspectives and Global Concerns (ap-gc.net)
By Dr. Mahmoud Masaeli
Reclaiming Moral Entrepreneurship in the Post-COVID-19 World
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2000
Time: 19:00 in London and Amsterdam; 13:00 in Ottawa, 12:00 in Bogota
Registration and Participation is free of charge
Ignoring the appeal of morality and humanity, neoliberalism has seriously damaged moral and social discourse. Unbridled capitalism, which is to a large extent responsible for global human suffering and poverty, does not seem to offer an acceptable account of human life.
However, moral capitalism has a powerful voice. In his Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith titles the morality of the capitalist figures as ‘conscience’; a voice from within for self-legislation. Moreover, Smith argues in favor of an ‘Impartial Spectator’ as the appealing moral voice heard from within.
It is not easy to associate this moral account of capitalism with the Kantian principle of Humanity. However, in one of his thoughtful essays, Kant denies the claims of moral philistines, the man of affairs, or the utilitarian account of morality. This is a point that must be discussed carefully: moral philistinism in human behavior and exchange should at all times be rejected.
The current pandemic urges us to think about reforms in many sectors of the human lifeworld, its institutions and practices. It raises questions such as:
Given the appearance of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, what could be a guiding moral principle for the future of capitalism?
How can a capitalist perspective respond to urgent global needs? And if so, will this response be motivated by a sense of responsibility or awareness of a duty to contribute to the common good?
Would capitalism have an inbuilt resilience to rebuild trust and acceptance?
If so, what would the impacts of this resilience be on business, management, and entrepreneurship?
Given the experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, how could moral capitalism help and create relief for the affected citizens, and how to provide public policy leaders with moral guidelines and orientation?
These and similar questions will be discussed by the participants, who are experts in leadership, entrepreneurship, ethics, spirituality, politics, social activism, and politics. The roundtable-style webinar will be held via a zoom teleconference and will be broadcasted live on our social media channels. It will also be recorded for offline media.