“Schumpeter” thankfully avoids this fashion and adopts for industry executives a traditional immersion in the great books. The approach would both challenge the status quo of bottom-line thinking and move the men and women who hold hard, economic power to yoke their decisions to historical context and the rich world of philosophical rigor.
AOTON must surely support “Schumpter's” encouragement to make “strivers” out of corporate bosses. Ideas, after all, must repeatedly challenge assumptions and guide action.
Classical philology and humanism have been at inward-bound goals for over 2,000 years. Pindar and nobility, Thucydides and power, Plato and justice, Livy and Liberty...these and others over the ages prove how deep, traditional thinking is a κτῆμά ἐς αἰεὶ, an everlasting possession. That giants of industry and princes of capital can benefit from exposure to this is, itself, an established fact. Alexander had Aristotle, and in the apocryphal tradition, Alcibiades had Socrates. The Medici had Galileo. We must withhold final judgment on benefits or damage caused by these leaders and thinkers, however.
But surely the men and women who will shape the globe's economic future will come away from the classics and great books with sharper insights and more humanized answers to new and persistent problems.
In fact, we all will.