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


Ethics and Business Law

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Kant, virtue ethics, compliance, intention


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.

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Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

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2(3), 15-21