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Business Ethics
A Contemporary Introduction

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ISBN 9781138498129
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Packed with examples, this book offers a clear and engaging overview of ethical issues in business, understood as both an activity and an entity.

It begins with a discussion of foundational issues, including the objectivity of ethics, the content of ethical theories, and the debate between capitalism and socialism, making it suitable for the beginning student. It then examines ethical issues in business in three broad areas. The first is the market. Issues explored are what can be sold (the limits of markets) and how it can be sold (ethics in marketing). The second is work. Topics in this area are health and safety, meaningful work, compensation, hiring and firing, privacy, and whistleblowing. The third area is the firm in society. Here readers explore corporate social responsibility, corporate political activity, and the set of ethical challenges that attend international business.

Issues are introduced through real-world examples that underscore their importance and make them come alive. Arguments for opposing positions are given fair hearings and students are encouraged to develop and defend their own views.

Key Features:

  • Introduces each topic with a real-world example, which is referenced regularly in the subsequent argument.
  • Contains a critical evaluation of capitalism and socialism, with a focus on private property, the market system, and the welfare state.
  • Explores the limits of markets and encourages students to ask what should and should not be for sale.
  • Explores the phenomena of corporate political activity and ethical consumerism.
  • Includes initial chapter overviews, and—at the end of each chapter—study questions and suggested additional readings.

Table of Contents

1. Business, Ethics, and Business Ethics

2. Skepticism about Ethics

3. Ethics: Theory and Method

4. Political and Economic Systems

5. What Can Be Sold?

6. How Can it be Sold?

7. Ethics at Work, Part 1

8. Ethics at Work, Part 2

9. Corporate Social Responsibility

10. Business and Politics

11. Business Ethics Across Borders

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Jeffrey Moriarty is Professor of Philosophy at Bentley University, and currently serves as Executive Director of its Hoffman Center for Business Ethics.


"Writing with a rare combination of simplicity and depth, Moriarty covers many of the most fascinating and recalcitrant issues in business ethics. Students should read this book not merely for the instruction it provides on business ethics substance, but also because it is a model of business ethics writing. No better business ethics book exists."
Alan Strudler, University of Pennsylvania