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Moral Disagreements in Business

An Exploratory Introduction


  • Disassembles the moral assessment of business practices into its constituent parts

  • Identifies four moral bottom lines in business and illustrates them with keynote examples

  • Allows readers to better understand the grounds of the disagreements in business ethics


Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Marian Eabrasu
    Pages 1-6
  3. Marian Eabrasu
    Pages 7-24
  4. Marian Eabrasu
    Pages 25-47
  5. Marian Eabrasu
    Pages 49-78
  6. Marian Eabrasu
    Pages 79-107
  7. Marian Eabrasu
    Pages 109-112
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 113-134

About this book


This book disassembles the moral assessment of business practices into its constituent parts to identify and clarify the four key concepts that form the basis of important moral disagreements in business: ‘personhood,’ ‘ownership,’ ‘harm,’ and ‘consent.’ ‘Moral bottom lines’ are those fundamental concepts in business ethics that ultimately account for our most resilient moral claims and unsurpassable convictions, and exploring them provides essential insights into the grounds on which we disagree in business ethics. This analysis is useful for students in business school looking to understand fundamental moral disagreements in business and for practitioners interested in connecting practice with their own moral intuitions. The book also challenges scholars of business ethics by arguing that we can reduce business ethics disagreements to these four issues.

"This is the most refreshing book on business ethics to appear in a long time. By focusing on 'personhood,' 'ownership,' 'harm,' and 'consent,' Eabrasu brings a new level of clarity and insight into disagreements on business ethic issues. Rather than reaching for an artificial utopian resolution, he embraces the challenge of explaining why we disagree. This is a must-read for serious business ethic scholars."
Nicolas Capaldi
Loyola University New Orleans
Legendre-Soulé Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics  


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.South Champagne Business SchoolTroyesFrance

About the authors

Marian Eabrasu is currently Associate Professor at the Groupe ESC Troyes-en-Champagne (France) and research fellow at the GRANEM (Angers University / France). He obtained his PhD in moral and political philosophy at the Paris VIII Saint-Denis University (France), and his Habilitation in economics and management at the Angers University (France). His research interests cover various areas of economics, management and philosophy with a special emphasis on business ethics and corporate social responsibilities.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Finance, Business & Banking
Consumer Packaged Goods


“This is a well argued, well sourced book that is sympathetic to the protagonists of the many debates herein, and makes an important contribution to business ethics.” (Paul Griseri, Philosophy of Management, Vol. 19, 2020)