Kantian ethics to Business Ethics

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  • Created on: 29-02-16 18:36
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  • Kantian Ethics/ Business Ethics
    • For Kant the consequences of whistleblowing (e.g. losing a job) are irrelevant as if an employer is acting unethically, the employee has a duty to report them.
      • For Kant emotions/ consequences are not considered
  • For 18th Century Immanuel Kant duty is all important and must be done through good will.
    • Kants attitude to business is best illustrated through his example of a shopkeeper who doesn't overcharge his customers, not so they would return, but out of duty- he should be honest.
      • Thus, For Kant, duty is far more important than profit. (You can also include his attitude to promise keeping).
  • Applying the Categorical Imperative to business ethics shows that Kant would reject the idea that a business' main responsibility was to its shareholders.
    • This would be treating humans(the workers) merely as a means to an ends. In Kant's ethical framework, you need to imagine yourself as a law making member in a kingdom of ends. So you need to consider all stakeholders.


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