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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 10, Issue 10, pp 749–756 | Cite as

The moral status of the corporation

  • R. E. Ewin
Article

Abstract

Corporations are moral persons to the extent that they have rights and duties, but their moral personality is severely limited. As artificial persons, they lack the emotional make-up that allows natural persons to show virtues and vices. That fact, taken with the representative function of management, places significant limitations on what constitutes ethical behavior by management. A common misunderstanding of those limitations can lead ethical managers to behave unethically and can lead the public to have improper expectations of corporations.

Keywords

Economic Growth Significant Limitation Ethical Behavior Moral Status Natural Person 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. E. Ewin
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyUniversity of Western AustraliaNedlandsAustralia

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