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Ethics at Work

Basic Readings in Business Ethics

Edited by William H. Shaw

Publication Date - November 2002

ISBN: 9780195139426

192 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock


A unique and compact collection, Ethics at Work: Basic Readings in Business Ethics is an ideal text for courses in business ethics, business and society, or applied ethics. Bringing together eleven essays by prominent authors, it features some of the best work in the field and addresses important and provocative issues. The essays represent diverse ethical and philosophical orientations and have been edited and abridged to make them more accessible to students. The book opens with two introductory readings that discuss the role of ethics in business, the relevance and importance of studying business ethics, and the basic moral responsibilities of businesspeople. The following nine essays examine various controversial moral issues in business, including corporate downsizing; overseas sweatshops; bribery; whistleblowing; drug testing; deception in sales; manipulative advertising; insider trading; and our environmental responsibilities. Students will find interesting connections and illuminating relationships among the contributors' arguments. The readings are preceded by short introductions and study questions and followed by review questions and suggestions for further reading.

Table of Contents

    Introductory Essays
    1. Roger Crisp, A Defence of Philosophical Business Ethics
    2. J.R. Lucas, The Responsibilities of a Businessman
    Selected Issues
    3. John Orlando, The Ethics of Corporate Downsizing
    4. Ian Maitland, The Great Non-Debate Over International Sweatshops
    5. Ronald M. Green, When is 'Everyone's Doing It' a Moral Justification?
    6. Michael Davis, Some Paradoxes of Whistleblowing
    7. Joseph R. DesJardins and Ronald Duska, Drug Testing in Employment
    8. Thomas L. Carson, The Ethics of Sales
    9. Michael J. Phillips, The Inconclusive Ethical Case Against Manipulative Advertising
    10. Jennifer Moore, What Is Really Unethical About Insider Trading?
    11. W. Michael Hoffman, Business and Environmental Ethics

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