The argument of this book has been addressed to some of the claims of business ethics as that is conventionally understood; and indeed taught in business schools and philosophy departments. The idea seems to be that the activity of business is essentially morally neutral (or even in certain respects immoral) and that ethical value must be imposed from outside the activity itself. Business must meet certain external criteria, derived from moral philosophy if it is to be legitimate. It is not normally accepted that there is a morality that is intrinsic to business itself; an ethic that drives from the virtues of free exchange, valid claims to property and the sanctity of contract The values that are implicit here are thought to be insufficient for a genuine business morality.
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