A Scientific Approach to Ethics

Developing Greater Respect for Ethics in Business and Society

  • Maxim Storchevoy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 143-147

About this book


This book suggests that normative ethics should be developed as a social science, and that this will improve its reputation in business and society. Storchevoy defines four criteria of a good scientific method (clear definitions, correct logic, empirical verification, accurate measurement) and demonstrates how normative ethics can make use of them. He provides a historical review of the methodological evolution of normative ethics and outlines how it was moving in a nonlinear way towards this scientific development by the 16th century. A Scientific Approach to Ethics challenges the reputation of ethics among many within business and business schools as unscientific and argues that it can come to be seen as a scientific discipline able to reveal universal moral truth.


history of ethics applied ethics business ethics morality management normative ethics rational choice contractarianism virtue ethics meta-ethics scientific method

Authors and affiliations

  • Maxim Storchevoy
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  1. 1.Graduate School of ManagementSt. Petersburg UniversityRussia

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