Business Ethics as a Method of Philosophical Inquiry in Business and Economic Life

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This paper presents a concept of business ethics as a method of philosophical inquiry in business and economic. The proposes a concept of business ethics as developed in the book Responsibility, Ethics and Legitimacy of Corporations (by Jacob Dahl Rendtorff, 2009) where business ethics is defined as a fundamental philosophical concept of corporations in a globalized world. It is argued that business ethics should be conceived as a holistic concept that integrates different ethical theories in “Republican business ethics”, based on the idea of “the good life for and with the other in just institutions” with duty, care and concern for state, community and civil society. Business ethics is in this sense not only limited to national corporate citizenship, but it also includes an international dimension based on global responsibility in cosmopolitan business ethics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy
EditorsKonstantinos Boudouris
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationAthen
PublisherGreek Philosophical Society in Cooperation with Philosophy Documentation Center
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)9781634350389
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventXXIII World Congress of Philosophy: Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life - University of Athens, School of Philosophy, University Campus Zografos, Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 Aug 201310 Aug 2013


ConferenceXXIII World Congress of Philosophy
LocationUniversity of Athens, School of Philosophy, University Campus Zografos
Internet address


  • Business ethics
  • Economic ethics
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate citizenship
  • Legitimacy

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