David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 14 (9):761 - 767 (1995)
I believe that corporations should be held responsible for their actions. Traditional discussions about the moral responsibility of an organization have relied on a model of criminal intent. Demonstrating intent demands that we find a moral agent capable of intending, and this has led to problems. Here I replace the analysis based on criminal law by one based on tort law. Under this framework I suggest that corporations can be held responsible for the harms caused by their activities even if no person or persons in their decision making structure had formed malicious intent, since the sheer fact that the corporate environment encouraged or allowed negligence will be sufficient.
|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
Gilbert Ryle (1949/2002). The Concept of Mind. Hutchinson and Co.
Thomas Donaldson & Patricia Hogue Werhane (1996). Ethical Issues in Business a Philosophical Approach.
Thomas Donaldson (1982). Corporations and Morality. Journal of Business Ethics 1 (3):251-253.
William H. Shaw (1998). Moral Issues in Business. Wadsworth Pub..
Peter A. French (1979). The Corporation as a Moral Person. American Philosophical Quarterly 16 (3):207 - 215.
Citations of this work BETA
Can Simga-Mugan, Bonita A. Daly, Dilek Onkal & Lerzan Kavut (2005). The Influence of Nationality and Gender on Ethical Sensitivity: An Application of the Issue-Contingent Model. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 57 (2):139 - 159.
Amy J. Sepinwall (2016). Corporate Moral Responsibility. Philosophy Compass 11 (1):3-13.
Can Simga-Mugan, Bonita A. Daly, Dilek Onkal & Lerzan Kavut (2005). The Influence of Nationality and Gender on Ethical Sensitivity: An Application of the Issue-Contingent Model. Journal of Business Ethics 57 (2):139-159.
Similar books and articles
Stephen Wilmot (2001). Corporate Moral Responsibility: What Can We Infer From Our Understanding of Organisations? [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 30 (2):161 - 169.
Virginia Held (2002). Group Responsibility for Ethnic Conflict. Journal of Ethics 6 (2):157-178.
Richard T. George (1986). GM and Corporate Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics 5 (3):177 - 179.
Richard Double (2002). The Moral Hardness of Libertarianism. Philo 5 (2):226-234.
Christopher W. Gowans (1994). Innocence Lost: An Examination of Inescapable Moral Wrongdoing. Oxford University Press.
Richard T. De George (1982). The Moral Responsibility of the Hospital. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 7 (1):87-100.
Nani L. Ranken (1987). Corporations as Persons: Objections to Goodpaster's 'Principle of Moral Projection'. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 6 (8):633 - 637.
Michael J. Phillips (1992). Corporate Moral Personhood and Three Conceptions of the Corporation. Business Ethics Quarterly 2 (4):435-459.
Rita C. Manning (1984). Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Personhood. Journal of Business Ethics 3 (1):77 - 84.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads21 ( #170,426 of 1,790,307 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #200,312 of 1,790,307 )
How can I increase my downloads?