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Ben Wempe
Erasmus University of Rotterdam
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    In Defense of a Self-Disciplined, Domain-Specific Social Contract Theory of Business Ethics.Ben Wempe - 2005 - Business Ethics Quarterly 15 (1):113-135.
    This article sets out two central theses. Both theses primarily involve a fundamental criticism of current contractarian business ethics(CBE), but if these can be sustained, they also constitute two boundary conditions for any future contractarian theory of business ethics. The first, which I label the self-discipline thesis, claims that current CBE would gain considerably in focus if more attention were paid to the logic of the social contract argument. By this I mean the aims set by the theorist and method (...)
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    Four Design Criteria for Any Future Contractarian Theory of Business Ethics.Ben Wempe - 2008 - Journal of Business Ethics 81 (3):697-714.
    This article assesses the quality of Integrative Social Contracts Theory (ISCT) as a social contract argument. For this purpose, it embarks on a comparative analysis of the use of the social contract model as a theory of political authority and as a theory of social justice. Building on this comparison, it then develops four criteria for any future contractarian theory of business ethics (CBE). To apply the social contract model properly to the domain of business ethics, it should be: (1) (...)
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  3. Normative Theory and Business Ethics.Jeffery D. Smith, Norman E. Bowie, Denis G. Arnold, Mitchell R. Haney, Nien-hê Hsieh, Alexei Marcoux, Christopher Michaelson, Geoff Moore, Jeffrey Moriarty, Jeffery Smith & Ben Wempe - 2008 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    This volume provides an updated examination of the role that moral and political philosophy can play in addressing problems in business ethics. The essays contained within its pages represent the work of new scholars and address a wide array of foundational issues such as distributive justice within firms, human rights, ethical challenges of international business, the role of virtue in business management, entrepreneurship and the relationship of markets and market actors with democratic institutions.
     
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    On the Use of the Social Contract Model in Business Ethics.Ben Wempe - 2004 - Business Ethics 13 (4):332-341.
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    Extant Social Contracts and the Question of Business Ethics.Ben Wempe - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (S4):741 - 750.
    ISCT arguably forms the most promising impetus to a contractarian theory of business ethics presently available. In this article, I want to pay tribute to the lasting significance of Dunfee's contribution to the field of business ethics by analyzing the vital role of the idea of extant social contracts (ESCs) in the conceptual set up of the ISCT project. The construct of ESCs can be shown to shape the problem statement from which the ISCT project proceeds – indeed it helps (...)
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    Rethinking Organizational Ethics: A Plea for Pluralism.J. van Oosterhout, Ben Wempe & Theo van Willigenburg - 2004 - Journal of Business Ethics 55 (4):387-395.
    This paper challenges a pervasive, if not always explicit assumption of the present state of theorising in business ethics. This is the idea that a workable theory of organizational ethics must provide a unified perspective on its subject matter. In this paper we will sketch the broad outlines of an alternative understanding of business ethics, which focuses on constraints on corporate conduct that cannot reasonably be rejected. These constraints stem from at least three different levels or spheres of social reality, (...)
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    Rethinking Organizational Ethics: A Plea for Pluralism.J. Oosterhout, Ben Wempe & Theo van Willigenburg - 2004 - Journal of Business Ethics 55 (4):387 - 395.
    This paper challenges a pervasive, if not always explicit assumption of the present state of theorising in business ethics. This is the idea that a workable theory of organizational ethics must provide a unified perspective on its subject matter. In this paper we will sketch the broad outlines of an alternative understanding of business ethics, which focuses on constraints on corporate conduct that cannot reasonably be rejected. These constraints stem from at least three different levels or spheres of social reality, (...)
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    Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, by Michael Sandel . Paperback, 244 Pp. ISBN: 978-0-141-04133-9 - What Money Can’T Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, by Michael Sandel . Paperback, 308 Pp. ISBN: 978-1-846-14472-1. [REVIEW]Ben Wempe - 2013 - Business Ethics Quarterly 23 (3):489-492.
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    The Idea of Justice, by Amartya Sen. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009. Hardcover, 496 Pp. ISBN: 978-0-674-03613-0. Published in Europe by Penguin Books, 2009. Hardcover, 468 Pp. ISBN: 978-1-846-14147-8. [REVIEW]Ben Wempe - 2010 - Business Ethics Quarterly 20 (3):545-552.
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    Freeman and the Normative Turn in Stakeholder Theorizing.Ben Wempe - 2006 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 17:274-279.
    The stakeholder model of the firm (SMF) was originally conceived as a theory of strategic management, intended to remedy the biases of the stockholder model. As the model became more normative, it effectively turned into a theory of business ethics. This paper reproduces material focusing on the contribution of Professor Ed Freeman to stakeholder theorizing. These portions were extracted from a longer manuscript which argues that: 1. SMF generated a series of new questions which constitute some of the defining problems (...)
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    Reframing the Moral Limits of Markets Debate: Social Domains, Values, Allocation Methods.Jeff Frooman & Ben Wempe - 2018 - Journal of Business Ethics 153 (1):1-15.
    What should and what should not be for sale in a society? This is the central question in the Moral Limits of Markets debate, which is conducted by a group of business ethicists and liberal egalitarian political theorists. These MLM theorists, which we will dub ‘market moralists,’ all put forward a specific version of the argument that while the market is well suited to allocate some categories of goods and services, it is undesirable for the allocation of other such categories. (...)
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    Conference Chair Remarks.Ben Wempe - 2007 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 18:3-4.
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    The Idea of Justice.Ben Wempe - 2010 - Business Ethics Quarterly 20 (3):545-552.
  14. T.H. Green's Theory of Positive Freedom.Ben Wempe - 2004 - Imprint Academic.
    In this new and entirely revised edition of his study of Green's theory of positive freedom, Ben Wempe argues that the far-reaching and beneficial influence of Green’s political doctrine, on public policy as well as in the field of political theory, was founded on a misinterpretation of his philosophical stand, since the metaphysical basis on which Green argued for his political position was largely neglected. The book discusses Green’s philosophical development and examines an important, hitherto underrated, influence that went into (...)
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  15. Taking Social Contracts Seriously.Ben Wempe - 2001 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 12:55-68.
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    Understanding the Separation Thesis: Precision After the Decimal Point?Ben Wempe - 2008 - Business Ethics Quarterly 18 (4):549-553.
    Sandberg documents with admirable precision nine rather diverging renderings of Freeman’s call for the rejection of the separation thesis. A more careful consideration of the propriety of importing phrases such as “the rejection of ST” from more established academic disciplines so as to serve in the field of normative business ethics would seem to make that precision premature and maybe even superfluous. This may well be generalized to an observation concerning currentworking methods in normative business ethics.
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