It is more important than ever that a business must be both ethical and profitable. In this thoroughly revised and updated second edition, Norman E. Bowie shows that by applying Kant's three formulations of the categorical imperative, and by doing the right thing for the right reason, a business can achieve success in both of these fields. Bowie uses examples such as building trust, transparency through open book management, and respecting employees by providing a living wage and meaningful work. This new edition, for graduates and academic researchers in the field of business ethics, has been heavily revised to include the newest scholarship on Kantian ethics, with a new emphasis on Kant's later moral and political theory, a workable account of Kantian capitalism, and additional accounts on corporate social responsibility, Kantianism and human rights, corporate moral agency, and the Kantian theory of meaningful work.
This book applies the latest studies on Kantian ethics to show how a business can be both economically successful and have moral integrity. It will appeal to graduate students and academic researchers studying business ethics, applied ethics, and Kantian ethics.
Introduction; 1. The self-defeating nature of immoral business practice; 2. Treating stakeholders with respect; 3. The firm as a moral community; 4. Acting from duty and seeking profit; 5. Kantian ethics and international business; Index.
This book applies the latest studies on Kantian ethics to show how a business can maintain economic success and moral integrity.
Cambridge University Press