Authors: (Alan E. Singer, James E. Holshouser Distinguished Professor of Ethics, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA)
Abstract: Some broad areas of stability and permanence in the theory and practice of business ethics are identified, together with other areas of dynamic change. Various categories are organized into a stable framework incorporating a set of bi-polar components such as efficiency vs. justice, spanning themes such as character, with topical themes such as technology, money, property, poverty and ecology. Although every category and theme in the framework is likely to endure, their internal details and inter-relationships are highly dynamic. Philosophy is also changing, with several distinctive moral philosophies such as dialectics and pragmatism likely to rise to greater prominence, bringing with them an increased acceptance of the very idea of ―business ethics‖. Accordingly, it is possible to project some broad macro-trends involving (i) the re-emergent philosophies, (ii) trans-disciplinarity, (iii) the blurring and fading of boundaries, and (iv) general moral progress.
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