The Idea of a Contractarian Business Ethics

  • Christoph LuetgeEmail author


This chapter discusses two major approaches to business ethics which rest on the foundation of social contract theory: the contractualist position of Integrative Social Contracts Theory (ISCT) and the contractarian position of Order Ethics. Both are summarized and analyzed critically. It turns out that Order Ethics might remedy some defects of ISCT.


Order ethics Social contract Buchanan Self-interest Contractarianism Business ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Peter Löscher Chair of Business EthicsTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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