Business Ethics Quarterly 10 (3):725-733 (2000)

This paper is a response to a recent colloquy among Professors David Messick, Donna Wold, and Edwin Harman. I defend Messick’s naturalist methodology, which suggests that people inherently categorize others and act altruistically toward certain people in a given person’s in-group. This paper suggests that an anthropological reason for this grouping tendency is a limited human neural ability to process large numbers of relationships. But because human beings also have the ability to modify, to some extent, their nature, corporate law can organize small mediating institutions within large corporations in order to take ethical advantage of this groupingtendency. Within a corporate law taking seriously a mediating institution’s formulation of business communities, a virtue ethicsapproach can be integrated with a naturalist approach in a way that fosters ethical business behavior while mitigating the dangers of ingrouping tendencies
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Business and Professional Ethics  Social Science
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 1052-150X
DOI 10.2307/3857901
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 58,823
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

On Messick and Naturalism: A Rejoinder to Fort.Edwin M. Hartman - 2000 - Business Ethics Quarterly 10 (3):735-742.
On Messick and Naturalism: A Rejoinder to Fort.Edwin M. Hartman - 2000 - Business Ethics Quarterly 10 (3):735-742.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Responsibility, Ethics, and Legitimacy of Corporations.Jacob Dahl Rendtorff - 2009 - International Specialized Book Services [Distributor].
Corporate Governance in Mexico.Bryan W. Husted & Carlos Serrano - 2002 - Journal of Business Ethics 37 (3):337 - 348.
Ethics, Corporations, and Governance.Wesley Cragg & Dirk Matten - 2011 - Journal of Business Ethics 102 (S1):1-4.
Corporate Governance in South Africa.G. J. Rossouw, A. van der Watt & D. P. Malan Rossouw - 2002 - Journal of Business Ethics 37 (3):289 - 302.


Added to PP index

Total views
19 ( #545,227 of 2,425,993 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
8 ( #87,689 of 2,425,993 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes