Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 154, Issue 1, pp 283–284 | Cite as

Review of Necessary Evil: How to Fix Finance by Saving Human Rights by David Kinley

  • Alice de JongeEmail author
Book Review

And Jesus went into the temple of God; and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Awareness of the potential for evil in the business of ‘making money from money’ is not a new thing. Yet the mutations of modern finance have served to obscure the precise nature of the evil, thereby rendering difficult, if not impossible, any discussion of reform. David Kinley’s Necessary Evil not merely serves to demystify finance, but in so doing he renders accessible to the lay reader an understanding of the possibilities and the language with which to debate those possibilities.

Kinley is Professor and Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Sydney, with globally recognised expertise in understanding and communicating human rights. Necessary Evil: How to Fix Finance by Saving...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business law and TaxationMonash Business SchoolCaulfieldAustralia

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