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The Fallacy Of Corporate Moral Agency

Author : David Rönnegard
ISBN : 9789401797566
Genre : Philosophy
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It is uncontroversial that corporations are legal agents that can be held legally responsible, but can corporations also be moral agents that are morally responsible? Part one of this book explicates the most prominent theories of corporate moral agency and provides a detailed debunking of why corporate moral agency is a fallacy. This implies that talk of corporate moral responsibilities, beyond the mere metaphorical, is essentially meaningless. Part two takes the fallacy of corporate moral agency as its premise and spells out its implications. It shows how prominent normative theories within Corporate Social Responsibility, such as Stakeholder Theory and Social Contract Theory, rest on an implicit assumption of corporate moral agency. In this metaphysical respect such theories are untenable. In order to provide a more robust metaphysical foundation for corporations the book explicates the development of the corporate legal form in the US and UK, which displays how the corporation has come to have its current legal attributes. This historical evolution shows that the corporation is a legal fiction created by the state in order to serve both public and private goals. The normative implication for corporate accountability is that citizens of democratic states ought to primarily make calls for legal enactments in order to hold the corporate legal instruments accountable to their preferences.

Ethical Issues In Business

Author : Peg Tittle
ISBN : 1551112574
Genre : Philosophy
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The core of this text comprises chapters on all the key issues of business in Canada today. Each chapter includes a hypothetical case study and an introduction highlighting key ethical points; two academic essays; and a real-life case study. Questions for discussion accompany the essays and case studies. The author has also included a general introduction to ethical issues and an overview of ethical theory; a section on institutionalizing ethics (discussing ethics officers/programs/codes etc.); and appendices providing excerpts from important classic contributions to ethical theory and from relevant Canadian law.

The Moral Responsibility Of Firms

Author : Eric W. Orts
ISBN : 9780191058424
Genre : Business & Economics
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Individuals are generally considered morally responsible for their actions. Who or what is responsible when those individuals become part of business organizations? Can we correctly ascribe moral responsibility to the organization itself? If so, what are the grounds for this claim and to what extent do the individuals also remain morally responsible? If not, does moral responsibility fall entirely to specific individuals within the organization and can they be readily identified? A perennial question in business ethics has concerned the extent to which business organizations can be correctly said to have moral responsibilities and obligations. In philosophical terms, this is a question of "corporate moral agency." Whether firms can be said to be moral agents and to have the capacity for moral responsibility has significant practical consequences. In most legal systems in the world, business firms are recognized as "persons" with the ability to own property, to maintain and defend lawsuits, and to self-organize governance structures. To recognize that these "business persons" can also act morally or immorally as organizations, however, would justify the imposition of other legal constraints and normative expectations on organizations. In the criminal law, for example, the idea that an organized firm may itself have criminal culpability is accepted in many countries (such as the United States) but rejected in others (such as Germany). This book collects new contributions by leading business scholars in business ethics, philosophy, and related disciplines to extend our understanding of the "moral responsibility of firms."

Contemporary Human Resource Management

Author : Tom Redman
ISBN : 0273716336
Genre : Business & Economics
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Providing critical and pragmatic coverage of contemporary ideas in human resource management, this text looks at some of the key issues and topics in the field.

Sustainable Development Science Ethics And Public Policy

Author : J. Lemons
ISBN : 9789401584920
Genre : Science
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Of all the books written about the problems of sustainable development and environmental protection, Sustainable Development: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy is one of the first to examine the role of science, economics and law, and ethics as generally applied to decision making on sustainable development, particularly in respect to the recommendations contained in Agenda 21. Specifically, the book examines the role, capabilities, and certain strengths and weaknesses of these disciplines and their ethical implications in the context of sustainable development problems. Such an analysis is necessary to determine whether sustainable development problems create important new challenges and problems for government so that, where appropriate, new tools or approaches may be designed to overcome limitations or take advantage of the strengths of current scientific, economic and legal capabilities. Audience: Environmental professionals, whether academic, governmental or industrial, or in the private consultancy sector. Also suitable as an upper level text or reference.

2004 2005 Guide To Educational Credit By Examination

Author : Jo Ann Robinson
ISBN : 0826800025
Genre : College credits
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Annual Editions Business Ethics

Author : John E. Richardson
ISBN : PSU:000047019010
Genre : Business ethics
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Ethics And Science

Author : Adam Briggle
ISBN : 9780521878418
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book explores ethical issues at the interfaces of science, policy, religion and technology, cultivating the skills for critical analysis.

Marketing 2000 2001

Author : John Richardson
ISBN : 0072364009
Genre : Business & Economics
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Assisted Suicide Legal Medicine Ethical And Social Issues

Author : Michael Bilirakis
ISBN : 0788149717
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Many people question whether Fed. funds should pay the costs of physician-assisted suicide. This is an extremely difficult and complex issue, especially with regard to a person suffering from a terminal illness or who has a disability. Witnesses include figures from the religious, medical, ethical and patient communities: Lutheran Church-MO Synod; Nat. Assoc. of People w/AIDS; Amer. Med. Assoc.; Oregon Catholic Conf.; George Wash. Univ. Med. Cntr.; Physicians for Compassionate Care; Greek Orthodox Church; Center for Medical Ethics; Amer. Jewish Comm.; Consort. for Citizens w/Disabil.; Amer. Nurse Assoc., and C. Everett Koop.

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