Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics

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| Editors: Deborah C Poff, Alex C. Michalos

Role of Philosophy in Business Ethics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23514-1_20-1

Introduction

The role of philosophy in business ethics is an especially appropriate subject because ethical inquiry has both its origin and developments within the domain of philosophy dating at least as far back to Plato’s Socrates’ inquiries into justice, the good, education, love, and politics. Insofar as business ethics is a species of the more general field of ethics, and insofar as ethics originated and developed within the field of philosophy since the commencement of philosophy, it is especially appropriate to come to an understanding of some of the many ways in which philosophy might contribute to the further development of business ethics.

Insofar as the evolution of the field of business ethics in business circles is concerned, philosophy is especially well-suited to outline and detail the nature, function, and value of business ethics, normatively speaking. The field of contemporary business ethics seems to have begun in the 1960s as a subfield of applied ethics, again,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • J. Angelo Corlett
    • 1
  1. 1.San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA