Title

Living with the Dragon: Thinking and Acting Ethically in a World of Unintended Consequences

Department/School

Ethics and Business Law

Date of this version

1-2010

Document Type

Book

Keywords

Unintended consequences, ethics, governance, regulation, psychology

Abstract

The book consists of a short introduction to the significance of unintended consequences and four chapters. The first chapter develops a typology of unintended consequences and distinguishes them from historical contingencies. The second chapter analyzes three types of causes of such consequences: worldly, practical and psychological causes. The third explores the significant problems these consequences pose for standard moral theories. The fourth and final chapter examines how we might begin both to think about and cope with unintended consequences in an ethically good way.

Published in

Living with the Dragon: Thinking and Acting Ethically in a World of Unintended Consequences

Citation/Other Information

Routledge, 2010