The Place of Ethical Theory in Business Ethics

Robert Audi

in The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195307955
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Place of Ethical Theory in Business Ethics

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This article examines the relevance of ethical theory in business ethics. It explains the nature of ethical theory, provides an account of the leading theories, and explores the ways in which these theories form a critical resource for the treatment of practical moral problems. It discusses how theory connects to practice and provides several concrete examples of how ethical theory helps address practical problems in business ethics. It specifically illustrates how ethical theory can be helpful in analyzing the problems of whistle-blowing and affirmative action.

Keywords: ethical theory; business ethics; moral problems; whistle-blowing; affirmative action

Article.  12213 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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