Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 339-352

First online:

Recovering Religion's Prophetic Voice for Business Ethics

  • Martin S. J. CalkinsAffiliated withDarden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia

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This article surveys western business ethics' recent history to show how this ethic has neglected recently its religious traditions and become construed more narrowly as an applied philosophy and social science. It argues that this narrowness has confused business ethics' role in business education and helped to weaken the distinctiveness of certain institutions of higher education. It then suggests ways that western business ethics might become more integrated, interesting, and autonomous as an academic discipline by incorporating its key religious traditions.