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The Moral Background : An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics.

By: Abend, Gabriel.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology Ser: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (506 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400850341.Subject(s): Business ethics -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Moral Background : An Inquiry into the History of Business EthicsDDC classification: 174.4 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
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 Sheets -- 2.8. 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 Arguments -- 5.4. 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.
Summary: 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 methods can be used, what reasons can be given, and what objects can be morally evaluated at all. This background underlies the behavioral and normative levels; it supports, facilitates, and enables them. Through this perspective, Abend historically examines the work of numerous business ethicists and organizations-such as Protestant ministers, business associations, and business schools-and identifies two types of moral background. "Standards of Practice" is characterized by its scientific worldview, moral relativism, and emphasis on individuals' actions and decisions. The "Christian Merchant" type is characterized by its Christian worldview, moral objectivism, and conception of a person's life as a unity. The Moral Background offers both an original account of the history of business ethics and a novel framework for understanding and investigating morality in general.
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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 Sheets -- 2.8. 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 Arguments -- 5.4. 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 methods can be used, what reasons can be given, and what objects can be morally evaluated at all. This background underlies the behavioral and normative levels; it supports, facilitates, and enables them. Through this perspective, Abend historically examines the work of numerous business ethicists and organizations-such as Protestant ministers, business associations, and business schools-and identifies two types of moral background. "Standards of Practice" is characterized by its scientific worldview, moral relativism, and emphasis on individuals' actions and decisions. The "Christian Merchant" type is characterized by its Christian worldview, moral objectivism, and conception of a person's life as a unity. The Moral Background offers both an original account of the history of business ethics and a novel framework for understanding and investigating morality in general.

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Gabriel Abend is assistant professor of sociology at New York University.

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