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Times of Insight: Conscience, Corporations, and the Common Good

  • Showcases the lifetime's work of distinguished Business Ethicist Kenneth E. Goodpaster

  • Reflects on how the field of Business Ethics evolved and how it may develop

  • Argues the necessity but insufficiency of stockholder and stakeholder thinking

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

Part of the book series: Issues in Business Ethics (IBET, volume 54)

Part of the book sub series: Eminent Voices in Business Ethics (EVBE)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Kenneth E. Goodpaster
    Pages 1-8Open Access
  3. Conscience and the Moral Insight

    • Kenneth E. Goodpaster
    Pages 9-23Open Access
  4. Corporations and the Institutional Insight

    • Kenneth E. Goodpaster
    Pages 25-38Open Access
  5. The Common Good and the Anthropological Insight

    • Kenneth E. Goodpaster
    Pages 39-48Open Access
  6. Business Ethics Education and the Socratic Insight

    • Kenneth E. Goodpaster
    Pages 49-59Open Access
  7. Concluding Reflections: Then and Now

    • Kenneth E. Goodpaster
    Pages 61-75Open Access
  8. Afterword

    • Kenneth E. Goodpaster
    Pages 77-86Open Access
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 87-160

About this book

This open access book traces the research and teaching contributions of Kenneth Goodpaster over more than 45 years of his career. The book shows the content and the progression of these themes over the years identifying four insights in applied ethics: the moral insight, the institutional insight, the anthropological insight, and the Socratic insight. It highlights such concepts as conscience, corporate responsibility, corporations as agents and as recipients, stockholders, stakeholders, comprehensive moral thinking, and ethics education. In addition, Goodpaster explains phrases such as teleopathy, moral projection, human dignity, and the common good. Finally, the book examines with concern the implications of the foregoing for the polarizing and partisan trends in contemporary business behavior.

Kenneth Goodpaster’s new book, Times of Insight: Conscience, Corporations, and the Common Good reflects the culmination of 50 years of incredible philosophical insights forming the basis of business ethics. His concept of ‘corporate conscience’ as a moral projection from individual conscience to organizational behavior is both an original as well as a most worthwhile approach to organizational responsibility.  Coupling that with a clear notion of the common good, Goodpaster provides substantive grounds for a creative analysis of ethical issues in business. This is one of the most exciting new books in the field. 

- Patricia H. Werhane, Professor Emerita, University of Virginia and Professor Emerita, DePaul University.   

"Beginners beware. “Wickedly interdisciplinary” describes corporate ethics. More than “interdisciplinary,” the field asks questions that range across disciplines, nations and centuries. Who better to cut this Gordian Knot than Ken Goodpaster, a true giant in the field, who mixes a prodigious knowledge of contemporary corporations with a deep understanding of intellectual history to produce a new and stunning amalgam. A must-read."

- Thomas Donaldson, The Mark O. Winkelman Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

As one of the pioneers in business ethics, Kenneth Goodpaster has given us a great gift of synthesizing 50 years of philosophical reflection and corporate practice on some of the most important questions and issues for business today. This work is not nostalgia, but an important source of wisdom for leaders today and into the future.

- Dr. Michael Naughton, Director, Center for Catholic Studies, Koch Chair in Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas


  • Open Access
  • Moral Projection and Corporate Conscience
  • Business Ethics Education
  • Business ethics and corporate responsibility
  • Moral values and decision making
  • Foundations of business ethics
  • Corporation Conscience
  • Legal-constitutional personhood and moral personhood
  • Rights and civil liberties
  • Human dignity and the common good
  • Corporate self-assessment on integrating ethics
  • Integrating ethics within decision-making
  • Corporations, Conscience, and the Common Good
  • Sustaining Corporate Conscience
  • Conscience and Corporate Culture
  • Businesses and moral values with decision-making
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, USA

    Kenneth E. Goodpaster

About the author

Kenneth Goodpaster earned his A.B. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan.  He taught philosophy at the University of Notre Dame during the 1970s before joining the Harvard Business School faculty in 1980. 

In 1990, Goodpaster accepted the David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas (MN).  At St. Thomas, he introduced a Great Books Seminar for graduate students in business, law, education, and engineering. 

His book Conscience and Corporate Culture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007) received generous praise from reviewers and he contributed to Vocation of the Business Leader, issued by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2012) and Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business (UST Center for Catholic Studies, 2015). 

Goodpaster served for a number of years as an Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly and was Executive Editor of Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2012) which received the 2014Academy of Management Best Book Award. 

 In 2014, he was named to Ethisphere Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics—and was honored by the Society for Business Ethics for a “Career of Outstanding Scholarly Achievement in the Field of Business Ethics.”  He is now Professor Emeritus in the St. Thomas Opus College of Business. 

Goodpaster's wife Harriet is a nationally-recognized equestrian and a (retired) software engineer. They have three children, four grandchildren -- and a Morgan horse.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Times of Insight: Conscience, Corporations, and the Common Good

  • Authors: Kenneth E. Goodpaster

  • Series Title: Issues in Business Ethics

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-09711-9Published: 02 September 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-09714-0Published: 26 August 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-09712-6Published: 01 September 2022

  • Series ISSN: 0925-6733

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-1680

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 160

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Moral Philosophy

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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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