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    Meaningful Work: Connecting Business Ethics and Organization Studies.Christopher Michaelson, Michael G. Pratt, Adam M. Grant & Craig P. Dunn - 2014 - Journal of Business Ethics 121 (1):77-90.
    In the human quest for meaning, work occupies a central position. Most adults spend the majority of their waking hours at work, which often serves as a primary source of purpose, belongingness, and identity. In light of these benefits to employees and their organizations, organizational scholars are increasingly interested in understanding the factors that contribute to meaningful work, such as the design of jobs, interpersonal relationships, and organizational missions and cultures. In a separate line of inquiry, scholars of business ethics (...)
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    Promises, Contracts and Voluntary Obligations.Michael G. Pratt - 2007 - Law and Philosophy 26 (6):531 - 574.
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    Some Features of Promises and Their Obligations.Michael G. Pratt - 2014 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 52 (3):382-402.
    Promises raise two main philosophical problems, one moral and the other conceptual. The moral problem concerns the normative significance of promising: what is the nature and basis of the obligations and rights to which promises typically give rise? The conceptual problem is to say what a promise is: what is involved in making a promise? In this paper I defend three controversial claims about promising. One is about the moral problem of promising, one is about the conceptual problem, and the (...)
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    Contract: Not Promise.Michael G. Pratt - manuscript
    In order to form a contract at least one of the parties to the bargain must give an undertaking or commitment of the appropriate kind to the other; that is, she must perform a commissive speech act of the right kind. It is widely assumed that the speech act in question is a promise. Indeed it is standard textbook fare that a contract is a promise (or an exchange of promises) that the law will enforce. This assumption underlies the venerable (...)
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    What Would the Defendant Have Done but for the Wrong?Michael G. Pratt - forthcoming - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies.
    Suppose a defendant owed the claimant a duty that the defendant could have discharged by taking any one of several different measures. The defendant took none, violating the duty. When assessing damages, how should the court determine which measure the defendant would have taken had the defendant not committed the wrong? I explain how this peculiar counterfactual inquiry should proceed. I examine the role of counterfactual analysis in the assessment of damages generally, before exploring the special difficulty it raises in (...)
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    Nietzsche and the Capacity to Contract.Michael G. Pratt - 1998 - Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 22:84.