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Living With the Dragon

Acting Ethically in a World of Unintended Consequences, 1st Edition

By Daryl Koehn


172 pages

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The book consists of a short introduction to the significance of unintended consequences and four chapters. The first chapter develops a typology of unintended consequences and distinguishes them from historical contingencies. The second chapter analyzes three types of causes of such consequences: worldly, practical and psychological causes. The third explores the significant problems these consequences pose for standard moral theories. The fourth and final chapter examines how we might begin both to think about and cope with unintended consequences in an ethically good way.


"… Replete with examples, this book would be a good supplementary text in business or environmental ethics or a business and society course" – T.R. Gillespie, Northwest University, CHOICE (July 2010)

About the Author

Daryl Koehn

Ms. Daryl Koehn is the Cullen Chair of Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She has a Ph.D. in ethics from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University and an MBA in finance from Northwestern University. Her writings have been translated into many foreign languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian Bahasi.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy