• René ten BosEmail author
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In this chapter, the notion of “purpose” is discussed. It is shown that it has a long tradition in Western philosophy and that it also plays a crucial role in business ethics. Without “purpose,” or concomitant, notions such as “goal” or “result,” human rationality seems to be at risk. This, however, is not to suggest that we cannot be critical about the way this notion functions in philosophy and society.


Causality Design Dignity Form Goals Idea Intelligence Profitability Purpose Purposelessness Teleology To tou heneka Will 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management SciencesRadboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

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