Environmental Risk Problems and the Language of Ethics

Business Ethics Quarterly 5 (4):699-711 (1995)
Abstract
In this paper we present six criteria for assessing proposed solutions to environmental risk problems. To assess the final criterion-the criterion of ethical responsibility-we suggest another series of criteria. However, before these criteria can be used to address ethical problems, business persons must be wiIling to discuss the problem in ethical terms. Yet many decision makers are unwilling to do so. Drawing on research by James Waters and Frederick Bird, we discuss this “moral muteness”-the inability or unwillingness to use morallanguage to solve moral problems-and suggest some underlying causes of moral muteness
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