The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics

Paperback | March 8, 2012

EditorGeorge G. Brenkert, Tom L. Beauchamp

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Business ethics raises many important philosophical issues. A first set of issues concerns the methodology of business ethics. What is the role of ethical theory in business ethics? To what extent, if at all, can thinking in business ethics be enhanced by philosophy, so as to provide realmoral guidance? Another set of issues involves questions regarding markets, capitalism, and economic justice. There are related concerns about the nature of business organizations and the responsibilities they have to their members, owners, and society.The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics is a comprehensive treatment of the field of business ethics as seen from a philosophical approach. The volume consists of 24 essays that survey the field of business ethics in a broad and accessible manner, covering all major topics about the relationshipbetween ethical theory and business ethics. The chapters are written by accomplished philosophers who offer a systematic interpretation of their topics and discuss various moral controversies and dilemmas that plague business relationships and government-business relationships. Readers are thuspresented with the major views that define the topic of the essay with critical discussions of those views, as well as topical bibliographies that identify key works in the field. In addition to philosophers who work in this area, the volume will be of interest to those in business and societyseeking an up-to-date resource on this vital field. "This book is intended to provide an overview of the state of the field of philosophical business ethics. And Brenkert and Beauchamp are to be commended for having put together a collection of contributors and topics that is well-suited for this goal. The contributors are all first-rate scholars whohave made important contributions to business ethics or cognate fields. They are also admirably diverse in age, ideology, and methodological approach, thus providing readers with a good glimpse into the wide range of scholarship that characterizes the field. The book will obviously be of interest tothose for whom philosophical business ethics is a main area of interest. But the entries are clear and accessible enough to make the book of special value to at least two other groups: those whose approach to business ethics is not primarily philosophical will find here a useful 'crash course' in analternative methodological approach to their own subject, and those philosophers who are not primarily interested in business ethics will be treated to a volume that makes clear the connection between business ethics and more standard philosophical subjects, and that will almost certainly providethem with new ways of thinking about both business ethics and other topics in value theory and political philosophy that are connected with business ethics in ways they might not have previously recognized. The selection of topics is also admirably comprehensive." - Notre Dame PhilosophicalReviews

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Business ethics raises many important philosophical issues. A first set of issues concerns the methodology of business ethics. What is the role of ethical theory in business ethics? To what extent, if at all, can thinking in business ethics be enhanced by philosophy, so as to provide realmoral guidance? Another set of issues involves q...

George G. Brenkert is Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. Tom L. Beauchamp is Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:746 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.68 inPublished:March 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsPrefaceIntroductionPart I: Basic Philosophical Issues1. Ronald M. Green and Aine Donovan: The Methods of Business Ethics2. Robert Audi: The Place of Ethical Theory in Business EthicsPart II: Competitive Markets and Corporate Responsibility3. Gerald Gaus: The Ideal and Ideal of Capitalism4. Christopher McMahon: The Public Authority of the Managers of Private Organizations5. Kenneth E. Goodpaster: Corporate Responsibility and its ConstituentsPart III: Economic Justice and Consumer Rights6. John R. Boatright: Executive Compensation: Unjust or Just Right?7. Paul T. Menzel: Just Access to Health Care and PharmaceuticalsPart IV: Universal Norms and the Relativity of Moral Judgments8. Tom L. Beauchamp: Relativism, Multiculturalism, and Universal Norms: Their Role in Business Ethics9. Wesley Cragg: Business and Human Rights: A Principle and Value-Based Analysis10. Carol C. Gould: Moral Issues in GlobalizationPart V: The Use and Protection of Information11. Thomas L. Carson: Deception and Information Disclosure in Business and Professional Ethics12. Richard A. Spinello: Informational Privacy13. Alan Strudler: The Moral Problem in Insider Trading14. Richard T. De George: Intellectual Property RightsPart VI: Incentives and Influence15. Wayne Norman and Chris MacDonald: Conflict of Interest16. Manuel Velasquez: Corruption and Bribery17. Andrew Stark: Business in Politics: Lobbying and Corporate Campaign ContributionsPart VII: Employee Rights and Corporate Responsibilities18. Bernard Boxill: Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and Diversity in Business19. George G. Brenkert: Whistle Blowing, Moral Integrity, and Organizational Ethics20. John J. McCall and Patricia H. Werhane: Employment at Will and Employee Rights21. Denis G. Arnold: Working Conditions: Safety and SweatshopsPart VIII: Safety, Risk, and Harm22. Lisa H. Newton: Environmental Ethics and Responsibilities23. John Hasnas: The Mirage of Product SafetyPart IX: Creating Moral Organizations24. Norman E. Bowie: Organizational Integrity and Moral ClimatesIndex