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Book Review 12

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First Chapter

    This chapter is superior to most dealing with business ethics in that it does not simply address issues specific to the business world, but it is also philosophically sophisticated, yet not so sophisticated that it is incomprehensible to those who don’t specialize in philosophy and ethics.

    It certainly covers quite a lot of ground when it comes to business-specific issues, with large sections on the nature of ethics in social organizations, the obligations of employees, the rights of employees, the rights of consumers, obligations to the environment, and of course ethics in accounting practices.

Second Chapter

    The chapter covers a great deal of philosophical and ethical ground, summarizing in the introduction various basic ethical theories and weighing their strengths and weaknesses. This discussion of utilitarianism, egoism and deontology is good enough that it would be worthwhile for anyone to read, even if they aren’t very interested in the rest.

    The choices of articles are also excellent, providing a number of different perspectives on the responsibilities and duties of business organizations. For example, arguing that the basic obligation of corporations is to maximize value and profit to shareholders, and thus any ethical duties, which might reduce such value, simply do not apply.

Third Chapter

    Contrasting essays here are also shown, but it is unusual to have a chance to read articles which do not hide the fact that they are specifically arguing against the idea that ethics should have much of a role in business. Because the essays are well organized and argued, it presents others with an opportunity to provide a thorough critique of the inferences behind the perspective that moral issues need not trouble the decisions made by corporate leaders.

Reference: Business Ethics: Corporate Values and Society, Author/s: Milton Snoeyenbos, Robert Almeder, James Humber



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