On a recent naturalism debate in business ethics – from a philosophy point of view

Journal of Business Ethics 82 (4):889 - 898 (2008)
William C. Frederick proposes a naturalistic business ethics. Many commentators focus on the issues of naturalistic fallacy, deprivation of freedom of the will, and possibility of important and universal moral values in business ethics. I argue that an ethics being naturalistic is not a worry. The issue of deprivation of free will is irrelevant. Yet there are urgent questions regarding the possibility of important and universal moral values, which may prevent Frederick’s view from getting off the ground.
Keywords naturalism  naturalistic ethics  naturalistic fallacy  sociobiology  mutualism  altruism  contemporary philosophy  G.E. Moore  William C. Frederick  Timothy L. Fort  William Hamilton
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