Vicarious ethics: Politics, business, and sustainable development [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 51 (2):185-198 (2004)
An historical overview of the United Nations sustainable development initiative reflects a convergence of political and ethical concerns, and a need to incorporate business and the ethics of business into an inclusive perspective. Underlying all of the resolutions and recommendations ensuing from that initiative is the age-old question of “the one and the many,” with which theology and philosophy have grappled for centuries, and sociology and politics in more recent times. Inherent to sustainable development is a need to overcome that question, especially with respect to the power of the wealthier nations. Good old American Pragmatism offers a solution which, at once, respects individual and communal sovereignty while positing a dynamic interaction between the two. That interaction offers an optimistic approach to global business and to global business ethics.
Keywords sustainable development  United Nations  pragmatism
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DOI 10.1023/B:BUSI.0000033612.88478.4b
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