David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Business Ethics Quarterly 12 (1):57-72 (2002)
Abstract: This article puts forth the thesis that the contractualist account of moral justification affords a powerful reply in business contexts to the question why a business person should put ethics above immediate business interests. A brief survey of traditional theories of business ethics and their approaches to moral motivation is presented. These approaches are criticized. A contractualist conception of ethics in the business world is developed, based on the work of John Rawls and Thomas Scanlon. The desire to justify our choices in terms that others can be reasonably expected to accept, or at least in terms that others cannot reasonably reject, is identified and differentiated from other accounts of motivation. It is this desire that constitutes the core motive to be moral in business on the contractualist conception. Implications of this contractualist conception for the theory and practice of business ethics are then discussed
|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
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Abraham Singer (2015). There Is No Rawlsian Theory of Corporate Governance. Business Ethics Quarterly 25 (1):65-92.
John Corvino (2006). Reframing “Morality Pays”: Toward a Better Answer to “Why Be Moral?” In Business. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 67 (1):1 - 14.
John Corvino (2006). Reframing “Morality Pays”: Toward a Better Answer to “Why Be Moral?” in Business. Journal of Business Ethics 67 (1):1-14.
Wayne Norman (2015). Rawls on Markets and Corporate Governance. Business Ethics Quarterly 25 (1):29-64.
Similar books and articles
Sandra B. Rosenthal (2000). Rethinking Business Ethics: A Pragmatic Approach. Oxford University Press.
Christopher Michaelson (2008). Moral Luck and Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 83 (4):773 - 787.
Vincent Di Norcia & Joyce Tigner Larkins (2000). Mixed Motives and Ethical Decisions in Business. Journal of Business Ethics 25 (1):1-13.
Vincent Di Norcia & Joyce Tigner (2000). Mixed Motives and Ethical Decisions in Business. Journal of Business Ethics 25 (1):1 - 13.
Louis G. Lombardi (1985). A Quick Justification for Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 4 (4):353 - 356.
Mollie Painter-Morland (2008). Business Ethics as Practice: Ethics as the Everyday Business of Business. Cambridge University Press.
Joseph Heath (2006). Business Ethics Without Stakeholders. Business Ethics Quarterly 16 (4):533-558.
Sherwin Klein (1985). Two Views of Business Ethics: A Popular Philosophical Approach and a Value Based Interdisciplinary One. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 4 (1):71 - 79.
C. Daniel Batson, Elizabeth Collins & Adam A. Powell (2006). Doing Business After the Fall: The Virtue of Moral Hypocrisy. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 66 (4):321 - 335.
Joseph Heath (2008). Business Ethics and Moral Motivation: A Criminological Perspective. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 83 (4):595 - 614.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads19 ( #196,542 of 1,907,067 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #129,704 of 1,907,067 )
How can I increase my downloads?