Towards authenticity: A Sartrean perspective on business ethics [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 58 (4):307 - 325 (2005)
Taking a Sartrean existentialist viewpoint towards business ethics, in particular, concerning the question of the nature of businesspersons’ moral character, provides for a dramatically distinct set of reflections from those afforded by the received view on character, namely that of Aristotelian-based virtue ethics. Insofar as Sartre’s philosophy places human freedom at center stage, I argue that the authenticity with which a businessperson approaches moral situations depends on the degree of consciousness he or she has of the various choices at stake. Finally, I consider some practical changes in business ethics education, managerial decision-making, and business organizations that Sartrean reflections might prompt.
Keywords Authenticity  character  existentialism  freedom  virtue
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DOI 10.2307/25123525
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