Abend, Gabriel.

The Moral Background : An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics - Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014. - 1 online resource (413 p.) - eBooks on Demand Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology . - Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology .

Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; Introduction; 1. Moral Causes; 2. Business Ethicists; 3. History, Morals, and Markets; 4. The Arguments; 5. The Plan; Chapter 1. The Moral Background; 1.1. Morality as an Object of Inquiry; 1.2. What the Background Comprises; 1.3. What Makes the Background a Background; 1.4. Background Theorists; 1.5. What the Background Is For; Chapter 2. Ethics as a Business Proposition; 2.1. Glaucon's Challenge; 2.2. Today's Business Ethicists; 2.3. The Business Case; 2.4. Do the Right Thing; 2.5. Policy and Self-Interest; 2.6. Yesterday's Business Ethicists 2.7. Balance Sheets2.8. He Profits Most Who Serves Best; Chapter 3. Christian Motives; 3.1. Enlightened Scots; 3.2. Springs of Action; 3.3. Machiavellian Appearances; 3.4. Compromises; 3.5. Duties and Motives; 3.6. The Religion of the Heart; 3.7. One Question Too Many; Chapter 4. The Good of American Business; 4.1. The Pesky Calf; 4.2. The Chamber; 4.3. Government Will; 4.4. The Principles of Business Conduct; 4.5. Codes of Ethics; 4.6. American Business; 4.7. The Uses of Ethics; Appendix; Chapter 5. The Good of American Society; 5.1. Inculcating Ethics; 5.2. Business Schools 5.3. The Intellectual and the Ethical Arguments5.4. Ethics at Work; 5.5. The Good of America; Chapter 6. Standards of Practice; 6.1. Types; 6.2. The Science of Ethics; 6.3. Science and Ethics at the Business School; 6.4. Cases; 6.5. Metaethics; 6.6. Service and the Golden Rule; Chapter 7. The Christian Merchant; 7.1. Moral Exemplars; 7.2. Mammon; 7.3. Ambivalence; 7.4. Metaphysics; 7.5. Stewardship; 7.6. Stewardship Metaphysics; 7.7. Spheres; Conclusion; 1. Business Is Business; 2. Back to the Background; 3. The Science of Morality; 4. Whither the Science of Morality?; Acknowledgments; Index

In recent years, many disciplines have become interested in the scientific study of morality. However, a conceptual framework for this work is still lacking. In The Moral Background, Gabriel Abend develops just such a framework and uses it to investigate the history of business ethics in the United States from the 1850s to the 1930s. According to Abend, morality consists of three levels: moral and immoral behavior, or the behavioral level; moral understandings and norms, or the normative level; and the moral background, which includes what moral concepts exist in a society, what moral metho

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Accounting -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Business ethics -- History.
Business ethics.


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