Journal of Business Ethics 37 (2):121 - 133 (2002)

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Edmund Byrne
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis
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What sort of connection is there between business ethics and philosophy? The answer given here: a weak one, but it may be getting stronger. Comparatively few business ethics articles are structurally dependent on mainstream academic philosophy or on such sub-specialities thereof as normative ethics, moral theory, and social and political philosophy. Examining articles recently published in the Journal of Business Ethics that declare some dependence, the author finds that such declarations often constitute only a pro forma gesture which could be omitted without detriment to the paper's content and conclusions. He also finds, however, that some authors do draw on solid philosophical work in ways that are establishing ever more meaningful interconnections between business ethics and academic philosophy. These cross-disciplinary studies, he concludes, are ground-breaking and invite creative imitation.
Keywords Philosophy   Business Ethics   Business Education   Social Responsibility   Stakeholder Theory
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DOI 10.1023/A:1015037416256
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