Journal of Business Ethics 16 (12-13):1411-1418 (1997)

This article examines and synthesizes two different approaches to determining the content of business ethics courses and the manner in which they ought to be taught. The first approach, from a political perspective, argues that the institutional framework within which business operates ought to be tested by theories of distributive justice. The second approach, from the perspective of virtue theory, argues that we ought to examine the character of individual employees and the responsibilities associated with the roles which these individuals play within organizations. I argue that Gadamer's interpretation of Aristotle's notion of phronesis shows an inseparable, bidirectional, conceptual link between the approaches of politics and virtue as well as providing insight into how business ethics might best be taught.
Keywords applied ethics  business ethics  distributive justice  interpretation in moral reasoning  moral understanding  phronesis  virtue ethics
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2004
DOI 10.1023/A:1005735125151
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: 58,797
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

View all 9 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

For-Profit Business as Civic Virtue.Jason Brennan - 2012 - Journal of Business Ethics 106 (3):313-324.
Virtue Ethics, the Firm, and Moral Psychology.Daryl Koehn - 1998 - Business Ethics Quarterly 8 (3):497-513.
Virtue Ethics and Contractarianism: Towards a Reconciliation.Bill Shaw - 1995 - Business Ethics Quarterly 5 (2):297-312.
Virtue Ethics in Business and the Capabilities Approach.Alexander Bertland - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 84 (S1):25 - 32.
A Framework for Teaching Business Ethics.Alfonso R. Oddo - 1997 - Journal of Business Ethics 16 (3):293-297.


Added to PP index

Total views
23 ( #459,003 of 2,425,665 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #546,862 of 2,425,665 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes