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Hasko von Kriegstein
Ryerson University
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Business ethics denial refers to one of two claims about moral motivation in a business context: that there is no need for it, or that it is impossible. Neither of these radical claims is endorsed by serious theorists in the academic fields that study business ethics. Nevertheless, public commentators, as well as university students, often make claims that seem to imply that they subscribe to some form of business ethics denial. This paper fills a gap by making explicit both the various forms that business ethics denial can take, and the reasons why such views are ultimately implausible. The paper argues that this type of serious engagement with business ethics denial should be an important part of the job description for teachers of business ethics.
Keywords business ethics denial  business ethics education  business ethics  economism  homo economicus  psychological egoism  corporate psychopathy  invisible hand  business as a game
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DOI 10.5840/jbee2019167
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