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Enriching Business Ethics

  • Clarence C. Walton

Part of the Springer Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Clarence C. Walton
      Pages 3-38
  3. Perspectives from Religion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-41
    2. Rabbi Gordon Tucker
      Pages 43-62
    3. Paul Camenisch, Dennis McCann
      Pages 63-83
  4. Perspectives from Law, Sociology, and Industrial Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-90
    2. Lynn Sharp Paine
      Pages 91-112
    3. Ivar Berg
      Pages 113-143
    4. James W. Kuhn
      Pages 145-184
  5. Perspectives on Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-186
    2. Barry Schwartz
      Pages 187-212
    3. James R. Glenn Jr.
      Pages 213-231
  6. A Special Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-234
    2. Clarence J. Gibbs Jr.
      Pages 235-257
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Clarence C. Walton
      Pages 261-276
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 277-286

About this book

Introduction

Over thirty years ago, Alfred North Whitehead wrote: "If America is to be civilized, it has to be done (at least for the present) by the business class who are in possession of the power and the economic resources . . . . If the American universities were up to their job, they would be taking business in hand and teaching it ethics and professional standards. " * To the intellectual elites of his time, there was something of a minor in Whitehead's view. Few of them saw business as a civilizing force heresy and even fewer, feeling that business was not to be tamed, relished the role of the lion tamers. Not many today doubt Whitehead's wisdom. Organiza­ tions of wealth and power have accepted their corporate social responsibili­ ties, and universities have launched major efforts to provide ethical instruc­ tion for business personnel. So far as the scholars are concerned, they quickly came to realize the difficulty of an undertaking that seeks to redefine and apply moral criteria to a very complex corporate world. Philosophers, in particular, have learned (or perhaps have relearned) how their speculations on ethics must take into account the "living ethic" expressed in the American culture­ and here anthropologists, sociologists, and theologians were needed to provide an expertise that the moral manuals did not.

Keywords

Religion business ethics ethics morality

Editors and affiliations

  • Clarence C. Walton
    • 1
  1. 1.The American CollegeBryn MawrUSA

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