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Russell Cropanzano, Jordan Stein & Barry M. Goldman

In: Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom

Chapter 9: Individual Aesthetics—Self-Interest

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Individual Aesthetics—Self-Interest
Individual aesthetics—self-interest

Well, every government lays down laws for its own advantage…. In laying down these laws they have made it plain that what is to their advantage is just. They punish him who departs from this as a law-breaker and an unjust man. And this, my good sir, is what I mean. In every city it is the same.

—Plato, The Republic, Book I

My good Thrasymachus, are you going to depart after throwing a speech like that at us, before you have thoroughly taught us or learnt yourself whether or not such things be?

—Plato, The Republic, Book I

With those lines from The Republic, Plato (ca. 360 BC/1935) confronted us with a classic challenge for scholars: Are humans motivated by anything short of personal ...

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