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For Business Ethics - Rene ten Bos

Paperback Published: 3rd August 2005
ISBN: 9780415311359
Number Of Pages: 212

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For Business Ethics is a daring adventure into the world of business ethics. It offers a clear and accessible introduction to business ethics and also expands business ethics beyond its current narrow confines. It is ground-breaking in the sense that it invites a distinctively critical approach to business ethics, an approach that the authors argue is part and parcel of ethics.

With a thought-provoking glossary and recommendations for further readings, For Business Ethics is an essential purchase for students and practitioners alike. It is at once an introduction to business ethics and a challenge to anyone who wishes to take part in or change contemporary organized society.

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'This book is amazing. The field of business ethics has received a wake-up call.' - David Boje, New Mexico State University

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: against business ethicsp. 1
This strange bookp. 1
Against business ethicsp. 2
First problem: foreclosing philosophyp. 3
Second problem: foreclosing societyp. 4
Third problem: foreclosing 'the ethical'p. 5
Fourth problem: foreclosing the meaning of 'ethics'p. 6
Fifth problem: foreclosing politicsp. 6
Sixth problem: foreclosing the goal of ethicsp. 7
For or against business ethics?p. 8
Common sense business ethicsp. 10
Introductionp. 10
What is business?p. 11
What is ethics?p. 13
What is business ethics?p. 16
What is common sense?p. 20
What is philosophy?p. 21
Conclusionp. 24
'Business ethics' I: consequencesp. 26
Introductionp. 26
Utilitarianismp. 27
Refining utilitarianismp. 30
The utility of utilitarianismp. 33
Weighing the goodp. 34
Political arithmeticp. 36
The problem of informationp. 37
Conclusionp. 38
'Business ethics' II: intentionsp. 41
Introductionp. 41
Bowie's version of Kantp. 43
Duty, certainty and moral conflictp. 48
Freedomp. 50
The experience of limitationp. 52
Conclusionp. 54
'Business ethics' III: virtuesp. 56
Introductionp. 56
Virtue and business?p. 58
Virtue and communityp. 60
Business communities?p. 65
The meaning of ethicsp. 69
Introduction: the charm of business ethicsp. 69
Meaningp. 70
The meaning of ethicsp. 73
Others and the Otherp. 74
The Other and critiquep. 77
Denying ethics I: bureaucracyp. 80
Introductionp. 80
The banality of evilp. 82
McEthicsp. 85
Intentions and consequencesp. 87
In praise of bureaucracy?p. 88
Moral distancep. 90
Modern businessp. 92
Denying ethics II: global capitalp. 96
WTO kills farmersp. 96
The social responsibility of businessp. 97
Neoliberalismp. 99
Striking backp. 101
Capitalism, commodities and ethicsp. 103
Challenging commodity fetishismp. 105
Can wrong life be lived rightly?p. 108
Business ethics todayp. 112
Introduction: fashion and utopia in business ethicsp. 112
Communityp. 115
Trustp. 117
Whistleblowingp. 119
Responsibilityp. 121
Cynicismp. 124
Business ethics, the very ideap. 127
Conclusion: for business ethicsp. 130
Introductionp. 130
Ethics and thoughtp. 134
For business ethicsp. 138
Business ethics and realityp. 139
Glossaryp. 141
Further readingp. 182
Referencesp. 190
Author indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780415311359
ISBN-10: 0415311357
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 3rd August 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1