This is a course exploring some of the most prominent moral challenges involved in the conduct of contemporary business, and competing responses to these challenges. We will begin by considering models of economic justice, whether and to what degree it makes sense to think about corporations as agents, how corporations ought to govern themselves, and models of business decision-making. With these background issues sorted, we will turn to some particular moral challenges facing businesses: whether there are any moral constraints on marketing, what ought to be done about job discrimination (including the glass ceiling), how much privacy that employees are entitled to, how to navigate moral dilemmas that may arise in the conduct of business, the moral status of whistleblowing, what kinds of consideration that businesses owe the environment and future generations, whether there are any special moral problems involved in the conduct of international business (including issues of fairness and exploitation of the denizens of less prosperous nations), and moral constraints governing the assignment of rights of ownership/property to the creators of innovative commodities.
Special Topics - Moral Challenges in Business
Monday, March 13, 2017 to Friday, July 14, 2017