Ethical Theory and Business

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Tom L. Beauchamp, Norman E. Bowie
Prentice Hall, 1997 - Business ethics - 661 pages
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Revised and updated to meet the ethical challenges of today's business world, Ethical Theory and Business presents a collection of readings that includes historical as well as contemporary material. Chapters offer thoughtfully collected essays, legal perspectives, and court cases that give readers a basis for understanding the latest developments in business ethics scholarship, analysis, and decision making. In addition to presenting the fundamental concepts and problems of business ethics, normative ethical theory, and the analysis of cases, the Fifth Edition of Ethical Theory and Business examines issues such as corporate social responsibility; business self-regulation versus government regulation; consumer, occupational, and environmental risk; drug testing; whistleblowing; affirmative action; reverse discrimination; sexual harassment; deception in advertising; ethical issues in international business; and social and economic justice.

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A philosopher and writer in the field of biomedical ethics, Thomas Beauchamp was born in Austin, Texas. He was educated at Southern Methodist University, where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees; at Yale University; and at Johns Hopkins, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1970. That same year Beauchamp joined the philosophy department at Georgetown University, becoming professor of philosophy in 1979. He also served as senior research scholar with the Center for Bioethics at Georgetown's Kennedy Institute. Beauchamp is an influential leader and teacher in the emerging field of biomedical ethics, which deals with the interrelationship of ethics and the complex technology of modern medicine. His concerns have embraced the philosophical and ethical dimensions of health care, therapeutic practice, and medical and biological research. His best known work, Principles of Biomedical Ethics (1979), was the first of an impressive series of studies he produced in the field of bioethics.

Norman E. Bowie is Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Corporate Responsibility at the University of Minnesota.


Patricia H. Werhane is the Ruffin Professor of Business Ethics in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and is Wicklander Professor of Business Ethics at DePaul University. She is the founding editor and former editor-in-chief of "Business Ethics Quarterly,

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