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By Richard L. Lippke

Arguing opposed to such a lot students of industrial ethics who've articulated a suite of ethical ideas and utilized them to difficulties confronted by means of company humans, Richard Lippke steers clear of providing ethical directives. In Radical enterprise Ethics, he develops a extra accomplished point of view on enterprise matters that's tied to greater questions of social justice. interpreting a decide upon team of well timed concerns corresponding to advertisements, worker privateness, and insider buying and selling within the context of debates in regards to the nature of the simply society, Lippke argues that the main believable idea of justice is one whose implications are hugely severe of many positive factors of complicated capitalist societies. Radical company Ethics could be an eye-opening publication for college students and students of ethics, and an individual drawn to the function enterprise performs in a simply society.

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It is also no easy matter to decipher how his own conception relates to or contrasts with such conceptions. He is sometimes quite critical of current corporate practices, but he suggests few structural changes in advanced capitalist societies. His overall solution to the problems he sees with corporate culture is to urge corporate managers to adopt the more cooperative model he advances. But questions about the wisdom of the direction Solomon points us in or the means for getting us there (he seems to assume that high-level managers are those who must save us from current corporate culture) are not pursued in any detail.

26 One of the more comprehensive treatments of issues in business ethics is that offered by Richard DeGeorge. Now revised and updated in a fourth edition, DeGeorge's Business Ethics is a virtual smorgasbord of topics, insights, and analysis. To his credit he does address some of the more vexing problems of moral theory. He indicates early on that he is unwilling to separate the evaluation of business activities from the evaluation of the basic structure of society. DeGeorge devotes two chapters to the justice of economic systems, with special attention to American capitalism.

When done well, such reflection either reveals how attempts to address one group of questions and concerns lead to other ones or shows how the original questions and concerns conceal assumptions that are themselves problematic. An apparently innocent practical moral question may, in the hands of phi- Page 2 losophers, lead off into numerous deeper questions and puzzles, the solutions to which are elusive. Nothing I say here will be new to academic philosophers. It is worth mentioning only because, as I discuss at length in chapter one, many business ethicists seek to head off discussion of these deeper and often confounding philosophical questions and puzzles.

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