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Business and Professional Ethics Journal

Volume 30, Issue 3/4, 2011

Howard Harris
Pages 293-305

Inquisitiveness and Abduction, Charles Peirce and Moral Imagination

Inquisitiveness has been found to be a characteristic of successful global managers. The paper distinguishes inquisitiveness from purposeless curiosity and shows that it is a virtue. It suggests that the practice of inquisitiveness is akin to abduction, the method of reasoning described by Charles S. Peirce distinct from deduction and induction, and essential to creativity. It then suggests that an enhanced capacity for inquisitiveness and abduction will increase the capacity for moral imagination and hence improve moral decision-making (and perhaps moral behaviour).

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