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Accountants' truth : knowledge and ethics in the financial world / Matthew Gill. - Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009

Accounting is the language of business, increasingly standardized across the world through global banks and corporations: a technical tool used to reach the correct, unquestionable answer. Nonetheless, as recent corporate scandals have shown, a whole range of financial professionals (accountants, auditors, bankers, finance directors) can collectively fail to question dubious actions. How is this possible? To understand such failures, this book explores how accountants construct the technical knowledge they deem relevant to decision-making. In doing so, it not only offers a new way to understand deviance and scandals, but also suggests a reappraisal of accounting knowledge which has important implications for everyday commercial life. The book's findings are based on interviews with chartered accountants working in the largest accountancy practices in London. The interviews reveal that although accounting decisions seem clear after they have been made, the process of making them is contested and opaque. Yet accountants nonetheless tend to describe their work as if it were straightforward and technical. This book delves beneath the surface to explore how accountants actually construct knowledge, and draws out the implications of that process with respect to issues such as professionalism, performance, transparency, and ethics. This thought-provoking book concludes that accountants' technical discourse undermines their ethical reasoning by obscuring the ways in which accounting decisions must be thought through in practice. Accountants with particular ethical perspectives more readily understand and construct particular types of knowledge, so the two issues of knowledge and of ethics are inseparable. Increasingly technical accounting rules can therefore be counterproductive. Instead, this book shows how reinvigorating the ethical discourse within the financial world could be a more effective means of averting future scandals.

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Campanella / Saverio Ricci. - Roma : Salerno, 2018

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Cosmopolitan love and individuality : ethical engagement beyond culture / Nigel Rapport. - Lanham [etc.] : Lexington Books, 2019

This book places its faith in love because of the motivating force that love delivers. Love’s emotional engagement is such as to individuate the beloved: in themselves, as themselves and for themselves. The force of love overcomes the habit of seeing the world through a society’s and a culture’s conventional classificatory lens. Love delivers a kind of epiphany: a moment of vision such that the other human being does not appear as representative of a social category or class but is rightfully appreciated as being in possession of a unique and precious individual life.

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La filosofia nel Medioevo : dalle origini patristiche alla fine del XIV secolo / Étienne Gilson ; prefazione di Mariateresa Fumagalli Beonio Brocchieri. - Milano : BUR Rizzoli, 2011

In quest'opera, che può essere considerata la sua 'summa teorica', Gilson ripercorre la rivoluzione che ha posto le basi del pensiero occidentale. Il suo racconto restituisce la vivacità culturale - nata dall'incontro tra mondo greco, rivelazione cristiana e influenze arabe ed ebraiche - che ha formato gli intellettuali più importanti del Medioevo: da Ambrogio a Boezio, da Tommaso d'Aquino ad Alberto Magno, da Giovanni Duns Scoto a Guglielmo d'Ockham. Pensatori di cui, con una freschezza espositiva senza pari, il grande studioso illumina ed esplora le riflessioni profondamente moderne. Nasce così il ritratto di un periodo ingiustamente definito "buio", ricco invece di fermenti e umanità: quattordici secoli di idee che hanno fatto il mondo.

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Freud, Lacan : anatomie d'un passage : le concept de réseau en psychanalyse / Frédéric Forest ; préface de Alain Vanier. - Toulouse : Eres ; Strasbourg : Arcanes, 2015

Subversion, travestissement, retour à l’origine ? Quelle est réellement l’articulation opérée par Lacan avec l’œuvre de Freud ?Cet ouvrage revient sur les concepts majeurs qui expliquent tout à la fois la rupture et les éléments de continuité entre ces théories de la psychanalyse. Le schibboleth lacanien du « retour à Freud » se traduit par un retour aux textes de Freud, mais également par la subversion des termes de sa découverte.Dans une approche originale, fondée sur le concept de réseau, l’auteur dessine un filigrane entre ces systèmes de pensée. Pour lui, un système réticulaire, tantôt fondé sur la représentation psychique et la libido, tantôt sur le signifiant et le désir, est un passeur silencieux entre deux conceptions de la psychanalyse. Analysant les emprunts à la linguistique, mais également à la neurologie, il explore les écarts, les subversions, les infidélités de la relecture de Freud par Lacan et la radicalité d’une lecture voulue paradoxalement plus fidèle à un au-delà du dire de Freud que parfois à Freud lui-même.Les hypothèses proposées versent un argument au dossier de l’intégrité de la discipline psychanalytique et tracent le fil rouge d’une transmission de ses concepts. Elles permettent aussi de penser les impasses de ces théories que constituent certaines tentations réductionnistes de la psychanalyse.

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