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Is Ethics about Fitness or Flourishing?

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Behavioral Ethics - Non-technical

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Ethics |  Partner Produced
Albert D. Spalding Jr.
Course Levels:
2 Hours
Access for 30 day(s) after program date.



"Darwinian" ethics emphasizes the survival of the fittest, and focuses on "fitness" as a way of thinking about ethical best practices. "Aristotelean" ethics emphasizes the "good life," and incorporates ethics into a way of thinking about, and living, a "good life." Which is more appropriate in today's workplace? This workshop examines real world cases through these two lenses. Participants will be invited to weigh in on their preferred approach to ethics.


Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Enhance participants’ critical thinking skills and approach to professional ethics
  • Compare traditional notions of virtue and ethics with new-Darwinian ethical theory
  • Distinguish between ethics in terms of “fitness” with ethics in terms of “flourishing”
  • Critique a real-world case in light of the concepts presented in this workshop

Major Subjects
  • Why Bother with Ethics? Is there Really Such a Thing as Ethics
  • Darwin and the Idea of Survival of the Fittest
  • Aristotle and the Idea of Human Flourishing
  • Is Professional Ethics about Fitness or Flourishing?

Course Materials


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Associate Professor

Mike Illitch School of Business Administration, Wayne State University, Detroit

Albert “Bert” is an attorney-CPA and holds the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) designation from the AICPA.
Professor Spalding serves on the faculty of the Department of Accounting at the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business…where he teaches business law, tax, forensic and fiduciary accounting -- as well as professional ethics -- in the MS in Accounting and MBA programs.
Bert Spalding has also served on the legal staff of the IRS National Office in Washington, D.C. where he drafted letter rulings, technical advice memoranda, revenue rulings and other pronouncements.
Dr. Spalding holds graduate degrees in accounting, law, psychology, philosophy and theology, and has authored several books and many journal articles on accounting, tax, legal and ethics-related topics. His popular SpaldingCPE seminars, webcasts and self-study courses on ethics and accounting topics are widely received around the State of Michigan as well as nationally.


Tue, Jan 04, 2022 - 08:15am to 10:04am EST

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Course Developer MICPA
Designed For Accounting and Finance Professionals
Original Recording Date 08/22/2018
Date Added to Catalog 08/15/2018
Yellow Book No

Additional Information

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Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
Course Registration Requirements Online Registration
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Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 77


Robert J

"Good content and the practical application of cases was helpful."

Rana E

"Bert Spalding did an excellent job presenting the topic. He is easy to listen to. I have attended many of his CPE classes and will continue to if offered."

Ann M

"Thanks, very well done! "

Christa O

"I really enjoyed the case review portion of the presentation. I thought it was relevant and thought provoking and tied together the concepts discussed in the earlier portion of the presentation. "

Jeffrey H

"Spalding is a great presenter. The entire methodology of approaching the topic was outstanding."

Kim S

"Great webinar!"

Lindora S - Westland, Michigan

"Great Course. I encourage ACPEN to have additional courses focusing on theory/philosophy beyond ethics."

Aaron S

"The course was good and covered a broad range from theory, history to modern case studies. Presenter did a good job keeping me engaged."

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