Title

Kantian virtue ethics in the context of business: How practically useful can it be?

Department/School

Ethics and Business Law

Date of this version

2014

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Kant, virtue ethics, compliance, intention

Abstract

Abstract: Claus Dierksmeier admirably combats the misperception that Kant is a deontologist with no regard for virtue. Dierksmeier contends Kant offers a theory of virtue that can contribute in significant ways to advancing the analysis of, e.g., stakeholder theory and internal compliance programs. His plea that business ethicists should view Kant as a resource for thinking more widely and deeply about virtue seems eminently sensible. However, there are grounds for questioning whether a Kantian approach will be of much help in thinking through the ethics of real world business practices.

Published in

Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

Citation/Other Information

2(3), 15-21