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Ethics, Law, and Business

1st Edition

By William A. Wines

Psychology Press

432 pages

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This essential business ethics text touches on many themes important to future leaders of business. Broad in its scope, the book presents the business aspects of philosophy, law, politics, government policy, and education. The material is designed to heighten the reader's sensitivity to the moral domain existing in business.

As the culture of American "big business" has clouded the view of society towards business professionals, Ethics, Law, and Business realizes a need to prepare business students for leadership roles in the communities, as well as in business. This text discusses the basics of free speech, violence, affirmative action, and public education.

Filling an important gap, this textbook presents eminently readable information on several business topics. In the past, there was not one or even any combination of books that provided the necessary coverage in a usable format. This book is appropriate for a semester course on business ethics in any graduate or undergraduate program.

This textbook will be accompanied by an Instructor's Manual written by Wines and Nancy L. Bodie, Boise State University. It will feature PowerPoint slides, discussion problems, test items, and teaching suggestions.


"Wines offers a thorough, well-organized work that links law, ethics, and business. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections."


"This text discusses the basics of free speech, violence, affirmative action, and public education. Filling an important gap this textbook present immanently readable information on several business topics….appropriate for a semester course on business ethics in any graduate or undergraduate program."

Ethically Speaking

"The focus on morality, the limits of the law, moral development, and psychology to explain why people behave differently, some badly and others morally, is refreshing indeed."

Ely Weitz

Department of Labor Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel

"The author has developed a well-organized volume. His focus and approach have significant relevance to current scholarship and pedagogy in the field. There is a pedagogical sensitivity to the instructional value of providing historical background to chapter concerns, anchoring treatment of issues of personalities and concrete cases, and allowing the narrative interpretation of events to make sense of --without resolving--controversial topics."

Joseph A. Petrick

Director, Institute for Business Integrity, Wright State University

"I like the breadth of coverage and the interdisciplinary approach."

Ronald Riggio

Director, Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Basics of Ethics, Law, and Business. Introduction to Basic Concepts in Ethics, Law, and Business. Law and Jurisprudence. A Primer on Ethics. Psychology of Moral Development. Theories of Distributive Justice. Part II: Social Justice Concerns. Individual Welfare and the Common Good. The Role of Higher Education in a Free Society. Through the Gender Lens. The Ethos of Violence. Part III: Civil Rights. U.S. Civil Rights Years. The Affirmative Action Debate. Media and Free Speech Issues. Current Issues in Freedom of Expression. Part IV: Federal Regulation and Current Workplace Issues. U.S. Business and the Decline of Competition. Rise of Regulation and Corporate Social Responsibility. Workplace Issues I: Employment Versus Personal Dignity. Workplace Issues II: Designing a Better Organization. Part V: The Environment, Wealth, and Success. Environmental Issues. Wealth, Hunger, and Poverty. The Good Life and Its Discontents. Success and the American Dream. Part VI: Appendices. Appendix A1: The Declaration of Independence. Appendix A2: The U.S. Constitution. Appendix A3: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863. Appendix A4: Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
LAW / Ethics & Professional Responsibility