Would Aristotle make a good mediator? The place of virtue ethics in the make-up of a good mediator
Dispute Resolution Article | May 2020
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.
Thank you to David J. Mitchell for submitting this article