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Integrative Economic Ethics Foundations of a Civilized Market Economy

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ISBN-10: 0521877962

ISBN-13: 9780521877961

Edition: 2008

Authors: Peter Ulrich, James Fearns

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Integrative Economic Ethics is a highly original work that progresses through a series of rational and philosophical arguments to address foundational issues concerning the relationship between ethics and the market economy. Rather than accepting market competition as a driver of ethical behaviour, the author shows that modern economies need to develop ethical principles that guide market competition, thus moving business ethics into the realms of political theory and civic rationality. Now in its fourth edition in the original German, this first English translation of Peter Ulrich's development of a new integrative approach to economic ethics will be of interest to all scholars and…    
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List price: $144.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/27/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 500
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

List of figures
Translator's note
Introduction: orientation in economic-ethical thinking
Fundamental concepts of modern ethics and the approach of integrative economic ethics
The phenomenon of human morality: the normative logic of interpersonal relations
The moral disposition as part of the conditio humana
Morals and ethos as two sides of lived morality
Modern ethics and the problem of relativism
The humanistic core of the moral principle: the normative logic of interpersonal relations
The developmental stages of moral consciousness
The moral point of view: philosophical developmental lines of rational ethics
The Golden Rule and the Judaeo-Christian commandment to love one's neighbour
The standpoint of the impartial spectator (Adam Smith)
The categorical imperative (Immanuel Kant)
The rule-utilitarian generalization criterion
Discourse ethics
Morality and economic rationality: integrative economic ethics as the rational ethics of economic activity
Economic ethics as applied ethics?
Economic ethics as normative economics?
The integrative approach: economic ethics as critical reflection on the foundations of economic reason
Reflections on the foundations of economic ethics I: a critique of economism
'Inherent necessity' of competition? A critique of economic determinism
The origins of modern market economy: the calvinistic ethos as a context of motivation
The systemic character of modern market economy: the 'free' market as a coercive context
The partiality of inherent necessity and the economic-ethical problem of reasonable expectation
'Morality' of the market? A critique of economic reductionism
Historical and doctrinal background I: the prestabilized harmony in the economic cosmos (classical period)
Historical and doctrinal background II: the utilitarian fiction of common good (early neoclassical period)
Methodological individualism and the normative logic of mutual advantage (pure economics)
Reflections on the foundations of economic ethics II: rational economic activity and the lifeworld
The question of meaning: economic activity and the good life
The elementary sense of economic activity: securing the means of human subsistence
The advanced meaning of economic activity: furthering the abundance of human life
The discovery of personal meaning under conditions of competitive self-assertion
The question of legitimation: economic activity and the just social life
Fundamental moral rights as the ethical-political basis of legitimation
The well-ordered society and the conditions of legitimate inequality: on John Rawls's principles of justice
Economic citizenship rights as the basis of real freedom for all
A topology of economic ethics: the 'sites' of morality in economic life
Economic citizen's ethics
The basic problem of civic ethics: liberal society and republican virtue
Deliberative politics: the public sphere as the site of economic citizens' shared responsibility
Professional and private life as sites of economic citizens' self-commitment
Regulatory ethics
The basic problem of regulatory ethics: market logic and 'vital policy'
Deliberative order politics: the market framework as a site of morality - whose morality?
The global question: competition of national market frameworks or supranational sites of regulatory morality?
Corporate ethics
The basic problem of corporate ethics: 'profit principle' and legitimate business activity
Instrumentalist, charitable, corrective or integrative corporate ethics?
Deliberative corporate policy-making: the 'stakeholder dialogue' as a site of business morality
Elements of an integrative ethical programme for corporations
Index of subjects
Index of names