David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Business Ethics 20 (4):359-374 (2011)
The political philosopher Hannah Arendt develops several arguments regarding why truthfulness cannot be counted among the political virtues. This article shows that similar arguments apply to lying in business. Based on Hannah Arendt's theory, we distinguish five reasons why lying is a structural temptation to businessmen: business is about action to change the world and therefore businessmen need the capacity to deny current reality; commerce requires successful image-making and liars have the advantage to come up with plausible stories; business communication is more often about opinions than about facts, giving leeway to ignore uncomfortable signals; business increasingly makes use of plans and models, but these techniques foster inflexibility in acknowledging the real facts; and businessmen easily fall prey to self-deception, because one needs to act as if the vision already materializes. The theory is illustrated by a case study of Landis, which grew from a relatively insignificant organization into a large one within a short period of time, but ended with outright lies and bankruptcy
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
John Blake, Robert Bond, Oriol Amat & Ester Oliveras (2000). The Ethics of Creative Accounting Some Spanish Evidence. Business Ethics 9 (3):136–142.
Vincent Brümmer (1993). The Model of Love: A Study in Philosophical Theology. Cambridge University Press.
Jacques Derrida (2002). Without Alibi. Stanford University Press.
Peter Fleming & Stelios C. Zyglidopoulos (2008). The Escalation of Deception in Organizations. Journal of Business Ethics 81 (4):837 - 850.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Gini Graham Scott (2010). Playing the Lying Game: Detecting and Dealing with Lies and Liars, From Occasional Fibbers to Frequent Fabricators. Praeger.
Peg Birmingham (2010). A Lying World Order : Political Deception and the Threat of Totalitarianism. In Roger Berkowitz, Jeffrey Katz & Thomas Keenan (eds.), Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics. Fordham University Press.
Cathy Caruth (2010). Lying and History. In Roger Berkowitz, Jeffrey Katz & Thomas Keenan (eds.), Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics. Fordham University Press.
Irving Louis Horowitz (2012). Hannah Arendt: Radical Conservative. Transaction Publishers.
Rachel Lynette (2009). How to Deal with Lying. Powerkids Press.
Roger Berkowitz (ed.) (2010). Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics. Fordham University Press.
Seyla Benhabib (2010). Hannah Arendt's Political Engagements. In Roger Berkowitz, Jeffrey Katz & Thomas Keenan (eds.), Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics. Fordham University Press.
Thomas L. Carson (2006). The Definition of Lying. Noûs 40 (2):284–306.
Phillip Birger Hansen (1993). Hannah Arendt: Politics, History and Citizenship. Stanford University Press.
Hannah Arendt (2000). The Portable Hannah Arendt. Penguin Books.
Leon Botstein (2010). Liberating the Pariah : Politics, the Jews, and Hannah Arendt. In Roger Berkowitz, Jeffrey Katz & Thomas Keenan (eds.), Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics. Fordham University Press.
Martin Jay (2010). The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics. University of Virginia Press.
Added to index2011-06-09
Total downloads22 ( #76,903 of 1,099,039 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #287,293 of 1,099,039 )
How can I increase my downloads?