Business Ethics: two introductory questions

  • Tom Sorell


It is a mistake to think that ethics is an irrelevance in business. If only because a good many ethical requirements have now been incorporated into legislation that is binding on commercial firms, morality routinely affects strategic decisions. It affects decisions about hiring and safety, advertising and debt provision, environmental protection and take-overs.


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    For Plato’s moral philosophy, see F. M. Cornford (trans.) The Republic (Oxford: University Press, 1941). For Aristotle, see the Nicomachean Ethics, trans. H. Tredennick (Harmondsworth: Penguin).Google Scholar
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    See Book Three of L. A. Selby-Bigge (ed.) A Treatise on Human Nature (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968).Google Scholar
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    For a good selection of Mill’s works on moral philosophy, see Mill’s Ethical Writings, J. B. Schneewind (ed.) (London: Macmillan, 1965).Google Scholar
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    See H.J. Paton (trans.) The Moral Law (London: Hutchinson University Library, 1948).Google Scholar
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    J. Rawls, A Theory of Justice (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972).Google Scholar
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    I. Griffiths, Creative Accounting (London: Waterstone, 1986).Google Scholar

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