David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 66 (4):407 - 415 (2006)
In this paper, the nature of the contract of employment is explored from an ethical point of view. It is argued that certain normative arguments should be taken into account in order to justify such a contract. Furthermore, an argument is developed against the claim that (a) the individual’s freedom of decision and (b) the practice of institutional arrangements are sufficient to justify a contract of employment. The dimensional analysis offered shows that further conditions are needed: (a) must be elaborated and interpreted to the extent that this condition is not sufficient – rather sub-criteria regarding the agent’s state of knowledge must be met; and (b) should be supplemented by a demand for fairness. A tentative analysis of existing work contracts is the starting point for the ethical analysis. The aim is to show what a legitimate, or reasonable, contract of employment will require. Finally, some important normative implications and consequences regarding the contract’s normative status are discussed.
|Keywords||contract of employment ethics ethical justification freedom of decision institutional arrangements voluntariness work|
|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
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Oswaldo Lorenzo, Paul Esqueda & Janelle Larson (2010). Safety and Ethics in the Global Workplace: Asymmetries in Culture and Infrastructure. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 92 (1):87 - 106.
Similar books and articles
Dori Kimel (2001). Neutrality, Autonomy, and Freedom of Contract. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 21 (3):473-494.
Wayne O'Donohue & Lindsay Nelson (2009). The Role of Ethical Values in an Expanded Psychological Contract. Journal of Business Ethics 90 (2):251 - 263.
Wayne O’Donohue & Lindsay Nelson (2009). The Role of Ethical Values in an Expanded Psychological Contract. Journal of Business Ethics 90 (2):251 - 263.
Roger Eugene Karnes (2009). A Change in Business Ethics: The Impact on Employer–Employee Relations. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 87 (2):189 - 197.
Michael J. Phillips (1994). Should We Let Employees Contract Away Their Rights Against Arbitrary Discharge? Journal of Business Ethics 13 (4):233 - 242.
Michael Keeley (1995). Continuing the Social Contract Tradition. Business Ethics Quarterly 5 (2):241-255.
Allan J. Kimmel, N. Craig Smith & Jill Gabrielle Klein (2011). Ethical Decision Making and Research Deception in the Behavioral Sciences: An Application of Social Contract Theory. Ethics and Behavior 21 (3):222 - 251.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads15 ( #114,375 of 1,102,133 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #41,656 of 1,102,133 )
How can I increase my downloads?