Norman Bowie and Richard Rorty on multinationals: Does business ethics need 'metaphysical comfort?' [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 9 (3):191 - 200 (1990)
Norman Bowie wrote an article on the moral obligations of multinational corporations in 1987. This paper is a response to Bowie, but more importantly, it is designed to articulate the force and substance of the pragmatist philosophy developed by Richard Rorty. In his article, Bowie suggested that moral universalism (which he endorses) is the only credible method of doing business ethics across cultures and that cultural relativism and ethnocentrism are not. Bowie, in a manner surprisingly common among contemporary philosophers, lumps Rorty into a bad guy category without careful analysis of his philosophy and ascribes to him views which clearly do not fit. I attempt to provide both a more careful articulation of Rorty's views, and to use his pragmatism to illustrate an approach to business ethics which is more fruitful than Bowie's. This brand of philosophy follows the Enlightenment spirit of toleration and attempts to set aside questions of Truth, whether religious or philosophical, and have ethics centered around what James called that which is good in the way of belief. Rather than looking for metaphysical foundations or some type of external justification, ethicists perform their craft from within the cultural traditions, narratives and practices of their society.
|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
Kerry L. Pedigo & Verena Marshall (2009). Bribery: Australian Managers' Experiences and Responses When Operating in International Markets. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 87 (1):59 - 74.
Geert Demuijnck (2015). Universal Values and Virtues in Management Versus Cross-Cultural Moral Relativism: An Educational Strategy to Clear the Ground for Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 128 (4):817-835.
Similar books and articles
Norman E. Bowie (2002). The Working Life. Business Ethics Quarterly 12 (3):379-382.
Norman E. Bowie (1994). Book Review. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 13 (7):556-556.
Clare M. Pennino (2004). Norman E. Bowie, Business Ethics, a Kantian Perspective. Journal of Business Ethics 50 (4):415-.
Norman E. Bowie (2010). Organizational Integrity and Moral Climates. In George G. Brenkert & Tom L. Beauchamp (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics. Oxford University Press
Norman E. Bowie (1994). Enough Already. The Society for Business Ethics Newsletter 4 (4):3-4.
Norman E. Bowie (2000). Business Ethics, Philosophy, and the Next 25 Years. Business Ethics Quarterly 10 (1):7-20.
Fred Englander (2007). Sweatshops. Business Ethics Quarterly 17 (1):115-133.
Norman E. Bowie (1991). Moral Decision Making and Multinationals. Business Ethics Quarterly 1 (2):223-232.
Norman E. Bowie (2007). Introduction. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 26 (1/4):1-2.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads23 ( #116,841 of 1,699,639 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #161,079 of 1,699,639 )
How can I increase my downloads?