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Would Aristotle make a good mediator? The place of virtue ethics in the make-up of a good mediator

Dispute Resolution Article | May 2020

Abstract

This article posits that a good mediator is good because of acquired, learnt and habitual use of character traits that have become so much part of the mediator’s psyche that they use them unconsciously; they will just know how to conduct a successful mediation. Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) recognised the universal potential and/or availability of such traits (which he called ‘virtues’) and developed concepts and pathways whereby they could be identified, developed, learnt and taught to others.

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Thank you to David J. Mitchell for submitting this article

Tags: Mediation, Virtue ethics, Dispute handling