Kantian Business Ethics
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Kantian Business Ethics

Critical Perspectives

Edited by Denis G. Arnold and Jared D. Harris

In this original collection of essays, a group of distinguished scholars critically examine the ethical dimensions of business using the Kantian themed business ethics of Norman E. Bowie as a jumping off point. The authors engage Bowie’s influential body of scholarship as well as contemporary themes in business, including topics such as: the normative foundations of capitalism; the applicability of Kantian ethics, virtue ethics, and pragmatism in normative business ethics; meaningful work; managerial ethics; the ethics of high leverage finance capitalism; business ethics and corporate social responsibility; and responsibility for the natural environment. The contributors to this volume include both scholars sympathetic to Bowie’s Kantian business ethics and scholars critical of that perspective.
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Chapter 5: Corporate Duties of Virtue: Making (Kantian) Sense of Corporate Social Responsibility

Jeffery Smith

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5. Corporate duties of virtue: making (Kantian) sense of corporate social responsibility Jeffery Smith Central to Norman Bowie’s Kantian perspective on business ethics is a basic, but enduring, observation. Business firms are neither merely comple...

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