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Augustinian Moral Consciousness and the Businessman

Grace Natoli
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 78, No. 1/2, The Twelfth Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics (Mar., 2008), pp. 97-107
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25075593
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.) meditated on the transcendent attributes of numbers that accountants so skillfully employ and on the attributes of moral rules. He thereby achieved a profound awareness of their Source in Truth. Nature is also governed by numbers; it is a "melody" that, again, woos one to its Source in Beauty. Whereas some businessmen meditate to clear their minds of clutter so as to make successful business decisions, Augustine persisted beyond the mere absence of clutter. Within the stream of his own consciousness he found a focal point that led to the experience of the presence of a transcendent God in his own deeper self.-The "order of love" enables one to achieve balance and a higher freedom wherein one cannot do wrong and possesses the courage to work toward building an earthly city that is just and beautiful, one that facilitates Everyman's penetration of his own depth.

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