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  1. Harry J. Gensler & Earl W. Spurgin (2010). The a to Z of Ethics. Scarecrow Press.
    The A to Z of Ethics covers a very broad range of ethical topics, including ethical theories, historical periods, historical figures, applied ethics, ethical issues, ethical concepts, non-Western approaches, and related disciplines.
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  2. Earl W. Spurgin (2007). Unfettered or Tempered Capitalism? Business Ethics Quarterly 17 (3):573-584.
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  3. Earl W. Spurgin (2006). Occupational Safety and Paternalism: Machan Revisited. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 63 (2):155 - 173.
    In 1987, Machan provided a libertarian case against the right to occupational safety. Since before Machan’s essay appeared, many business ethicists and legal scholars have given considerable attention to the overall position Machan endorses: the acceptance of employment at will and the rejection of employee rights. No one yet has given adequate attention, however, to the fact that Machan’s argument against the right to occupational safety actually stands or falls independently of his overall position on employee rights. His argument ultimately (...)
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  4. Earl W. Spurgin (2006). The End of Romance and the Value of Privacy. Public Affairs Quarterly 20 (3):247-265.
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  5. Earl W. Spurgin (2006). What Was Wrong with Abercrombie & Fitch's “Magalog”?1. Business and Society Review 111 (4):387-408.
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  6. Harry J. Gensler, Earl W. Spurgin & James Swindal (eds.) (2004). Ethics: Contemporary Readings. Routledge.
    Ethics: Contemporary Readings is designed for anyone interested in the subject, presenting carefully selected classic and contemporary articles. The book includes pieces by the leading figures in the field and provides an excellent entry to the topic. The book complements Harry Gensler's Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, 1998), or can be used as a stand-alone volume.
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  7. Earl W. Spurgin (2004). Looking for Answers in All the Wrong Places. Business Ethics Quarterly 14 (2):293-313.
    In recent years, many business ethicists have raised problems with the “ethics pays” credo. Despite these problems, many continue to hold it. I argue that support for the credo leads business ethicists away from a potentially fruitful approach found in Hume’s moral philosophy. I begin by demonstrating that attempts to support the credo fail because proponents are trying to provide an answer to the “Why be moral?” question that is based on rational self-interest. Then, I show that Hume’s sentiments-based moral (...)
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  8. Earl W. Spurgin (2004). The Goals and Merits of a Business Ethics Competency Exam. Journal of Business Ethics 50 (3):279-288.
    My university recently established a business ethics competency exam for graduate business students. The exam is designed to test whether students can demonstrate several abilities that are indicative of competency in business ethics. They are the abilities to speak the language of business ethics, identify business ethics issues, apply theories and concepts to issues, identify connections among theories and concepts as they relate to different issues, and construct and critically evaluate arguments for various positions on business ethics issues. Through this (...)
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  9. David Lapoujade Translated, Richard Dewitt, Daniel A. Dombrowski, Arthur E. Falk, Ellen K. Feder, Harry G. Frankfurt, Harry J. Gensler, Earl W. Spurgin, James C. Swindal & Martin Heidegger (2004). Books for Review and for Listing Here Should Be Addressed to Emily Zakin, Review Editor, Department of Philosophy, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056. Teaching Philosophy 27:199.
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  10. Earl W. Spurgin (2003). The Problem with “Dead Peasants” Insurance. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 22 (1):19-36.
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  11. Earl W. Spurgin (2003). What's Wrong with Computer-Generated Images of Perfection in Advertising? Journal of Business Ethics 45 (3):257 - 268.
    Advertisers often use computers to create fantastic images. Generally, these are perfectly harmless images that are used for comic or dramatic effect. Sometimes, however, they are problematic human images that I call computer-generated images of perfection. Advertisers create these images by using computer technology to remove unwanted traits from models or to generate entire human bodies. They are images that portray ideal human beauty, bodies, or looks. In this paper, I argue that the use of such images is unethical. I (...)
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  12. Earl W. Spurgin (2001). Do Shareholders Have Obligations to Stakeholders? Journal of Business Ethics 33 (4):287 - 297.
    The question of whether, and to what extent, business managers have obligations to stakeholders has been the principal theme in much of recent business ethics literature. The question of whether shareholders have obligations to stakeholders, however, has not been addressed sufficiently. I provide some needed attention to this matter by examining the positions of shareholders in the contemporary world of investing. Their positions are considerably different than that often envisioned by business ethicists and economists where shareholders determine the directions of (...)
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  13. Earl W. Spurgin (2000). What's so Special About a Special Ethics for Business? Journal of Business Ethics 24 (4):273 - 281.
    In business ethics literature, debate over a special ethics generally has framed examination of the rules governing business. By constructing a dilemma faced by proponents of a special ethics, I argue that this framing is misguided. Proponents must adopt either an insular or a derivative conception. The former, the view that business is insulated from moral rules, is problematic because arguments used to support it force proponents to accept the idea that each aspect of life is insulated from moral rules. (...)
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  14. Earl W. Spurgin (1996). Hume, Broken Promises, and the Reactions of Promisees. Southwest Philosophy Review 12 (1):21-31.