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A Scientific Approach to Ethics

Developing Greater Respect for Ethics in Business and Society

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Outlines a new approach to develop business ethics as a truly scientific discipline

  • Provides a genuine cross-over between philosophy and business management

  • Argues that a scientific normative ethics will see increased respect among business students

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Why Science? What Science?

    • Maxim Storchevoy
    Pages 1-8
  3. A Scientific Approach to Normative Ethics

    • Maxim Storchevoy
    Pages 9-22
  4. Evolutionary Model of Man

    • Maxim Storchevoy
    Pages 23-36
  5. Normative Ethics Before the Twentieth Century

    • Maxim Storchevoy
    Pages 37-77
  6. Moore, Vienna Circle, and Meta-Ethics

    • Maxim Storchevoy
    Pages 79-94
  7. Contractarianism and Rational Choice

    • Maxim Storchevoy
    Pages 95-118
  8. Other Approaches

    • Maxim Storchevoy
    Pages 119-141
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 143-147

About this book

This book suggests that normative ethics should be developed as a social science, and that this will improve its reputation in business and society. Storchevoy defines four criteria of a good scientific method (clear definitions, correct logic, empirical verification, accurate measurement) and demonstrates how normative ethics can make use of them. He provides a historical review of the methodological evolution of normative ethics and outlines how it was moving in a nonlinear way towards this scientific development by the 16th century. A Scientific Approach to Ethics challenges the reputation of ethics among many within business and business schools as unscientific and argues that it can come to be seen as a scientific discipline able to reveal universal moral truth.

Keywords

  • history of ethics
  • applied ethics
  • business ethics
  • morality
  • management
  • normative ethics
  • rational choice
  • contractarianism
  • virtue ethics
  • meta-ethics
  • scientific method

Authors and Affiliations

  • Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University, Russia

    Maxim Storchevoy

About the author

Maxim Storchevoy is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Strategic and International Management at the Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University, Russia. He has a background in economics and teaches Business Ethics and Contract Theory for Managers. In 2016, he became a founding director of the Russian Business Ethics Network, a chapter of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Scientific Approach to Ethics

  • Book Subtitle: Developing Greater Respect for Ethics in Business and Society

  • Authors: Maxim Storchevoy

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69113-8

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-69112-1

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-88715-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-69113-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 147

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Business Ethics

Buying options

eBook USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-69113-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)