Lines of Research currently being developed. Anthropology and Development of the Person in Organizations


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Essential in the development of business ethics is a coherent explanation of the human person that takes into account his cognitive and volitional capacities, ordered to achieving those ends necessary for the demands of his being, or in other words, a solid “anthropological basis”. Speaking of the human person necessitates naming those diverse phenomena to which his physical and psychological structure bear witness so as to have a common language for philosophical reflection. This common language allows for a more profound level of analysis than that of simple observation: a mutual and reciprocal exchange between the concrete (the facts) and generalization or universalization creates a level of scientific discourse that permits common phenomena to be understood in analogous situations as well as for further study that seeks the causes.



Thesis developed


  • Livia B A

    Livia Bastos Andrade, Human Flourishing and the Positive Psychology of Martin Seligman

    Biography: Livia has a degree in Philosophy, with a major in Anthropology and Ethics at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. At this time, she is pursuing a PhD in Ethics and Moral Psychology at the same university with a thesis on Positive Psychology of Martin Seligman. To MCE. Within the MCE Research Centre, she is the Directress of studies. Livia is Research Assistant at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

    Abstract: This research aims to deepen in a philosophical way, the empirical issues - existential developed in the context of positive psychology in the U.S. from the 90s to the present day. It has as its premise and primary thesis , the reasonable belief that philosophy can make an original contribution - just as philosophical - that enriches and expands the epistemological framework in which discussion takes place in the course. Recently, the topic of human flourishing and those inherent in certain topics such as resilience, virtues, strengths of character, personal strengths, have aroused the interest of psychologists, sociologists, ethnologists, leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as that of the public in general, which by now has acquired a certain familiarity with the discussion undertaken by experts, through the use of internet and self-help books . These topics will be studied as they were conceived in the proposal of Positive Psychology of Martin Seligman. The philosophical dialogue will be supported by the elements in the classical thought, both ethical and anthropological, having as background the theory of virtue ethics that starts from the point of view of the agent and considers it a priority. "Ethics of the first person" and "scientific psychology" meet in, what is hoped to be, a fruitful dialogue.

    Director: Prof. Juan Andrés Mercado

    University: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

  • Jose Diez

    José Díez, El Papel de la Voluntad en la Teoría de la Acción de Carlos Llano

    Biography: Work in progress.

    Abstract: Work in progress.

    Director: Prof. Juan Andrés Mercado

    University: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

  • Raul Ruv

    Raul Ruvalcaba, La Antropología de Carlos Llano

    Biography: Born in Mexico City, June 1, 1971. Degree in Philosophy from the Universidad Panamericana in 1994. Degree in Philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in 2011.

    Abstract: Can you characterize a leader anthropologically? Can you calculate exactly the best choice on which to act? Which habits should be adopted by a leader? Must he or she further develop their intelligence or the will? How do you harmonize the life of an entrepreneur? Work, family, social life, self-care...? What is involved in a broad view of human freedom in decision-making? Which contribution can the philosophy know as strong knowledge to the theory of management? Carlos Llano began its path of philosophical reflection from a young age , deepening his training with the study of both classical and contemporary thinkers. He always tried to reach the ultimate foundations of the problems faced . In his life he has matured a long and successful career in business and management, next to the teaching in the schools of business. In 40 years the company he has developed a vision where the priority is the human person. His ideas were presented in more than 30 books and about 300 articles . His insights are gained from his experience and observation of the activities of entrepreneurs , from the study of the various contributions to the theories of management , from sociology and intellectual currents . The thesis aims to summarize the anthropological principles that can be a basis for resolving the contradictions in the theory of management. Llano was convinced that a radical vision , philosophy of man - that transcends the empirical levels - would be possible to illuminate the relationships between the elements in question and show ways and roads for their harmonious integration.

    Director: Prof. Juan Andrés Mercado

    University: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

  • Arregui

    Guillermo Arregui, The Virtues in the Writings of Carlos Llano

    Biography: Born in Guadalajara (Mexico) on August 2, 1983. He holds a degree in Management and Finance at the Universidad Panamericana campus Guadalajara, Mexico (2005). Assistant Professor of Management at the same University. He has completed courses for a bachelor's degree in moral theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and he is currently writing his thesis.

    Abstract: Carlos Llano has devoted much of his life to the training of top managers. Result of these years of work are more than 30 published books, most of which are dedicated to what he calls "the humanism of enterprise". Llano sees organizations primarily as a community of people, emphasizing the primacy of the person over all other elements of their organizations. One of his main contributions to management practice has been to develop a theory of management based on the classical treatises of virtues. In the development of the thesis I will analyze the notion of virtues on which the thought of Llano and I will identify the main virtues necessary to play the role of managers in organizations. The present study is inspired by some basic texts on the virtues of St. Thomas Aquinas.

    Director: Prof. Juan Andrés Mercado

    University: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce