Business Ethics

Course Code: PHIL 227

Academic Year: 2021-2022

Recent financial disasters have once again reminded us of the need for business ethics. The main objective of this course is to explore this need by assessing the wide variety of moral opinions on appropriate business conduct that have been voiced by philosophers, economists, public intellectuals, journalists and business persons. This course concentrates on specific areas where business and ethics intersect, such as the environment, animal rights, sales, advertising, whistle-blowing, employment equity, downsizing and the arts. Special emphasis is also paid to the issue of good character as the extent to which business must rely upon virtues like honesty and integrity is explored.