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The Ethics of Information$
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Luciano Floridi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641321.001.0001

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Information business ethics

Information business ethics

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(p.277) 14 Information business ethics
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The Ethics of Information
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Luciano Floridi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641321.003.0014

Business organizations are among the most influential multi-agent systems affecting the well-being of the infosphere. In this chapter, I argue that information ethics can provide a good, foundational approach to both. I articulate and defend an informational approach to the conceptual foundation of business ethics, by using ideas and methods developed in the previous chapters, in view of the convergence of the two fields in an increasingly hyperconnected society. This brings to completion the line of reasoning begun in Chapter 7, where I defended the importance of extending our conception of moral agents to artificial entities as well (and therefore to business agents), and further expanded in Chapter 13, where we saw the systemic, distributed nature of aggregate actions emerging from the interactions between different moral agents of various kinds.

Keywords:   business ethics, ethical business, professional ethics

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