Agoricus: A Platonic Exploration of the “Good” Businessperson

Agoricus: A Platonic Exploration of the “Good” Businessperson

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Abstract

This is written as a dialogue with the central question, “What constitutes the essence of a ‘good’ businessperson?” Written in the form of a Platonic dialogue, this is an imaginary exchange between Socrates and Agoricus, the fictitious son of a well-respected businessperson of Athens at a time of unethical business practice. Various qualities are entertained in terms of defining a successful and good businessperson, including producing quality products at low prices, effective sales techniques, creativity and innovation, respectful treatment of the customer, business “knowhow” (e.g. accounting), contributing to the community welfare, as well as being honest and trustworthy. Eventually the discussion winds its way to a kind of care and concern for customer welfare and satisfaction, leaving the initial question partially answered, while raising another ...

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