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Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society

James R. Otteson


Many people are suspicious of business, as well as of markets and commercial society. Are they right to be suspicious? Examples like Enron and Bernie Madoff do not help the impression many have of it as prone to dubious behavior and potentially disastrous negative consequences. But there are bad actors in all walks of life, not just in business. Is there something special about business that encourages, or even rewards, bad behavior? Can there be such a thing as honorable business? While there certainly is dishonorable business, there is indeed also such a thing as honorable business. Honorabl ... More

Keywords: business ethics, eudaimonia, professionalism, Adam Smith, corporate social responsibility, honorable business, just and humane society, inequality, prosperity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190914202
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190914202.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James R. Otteson, author
Professor of Economics and Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, Wake Forest University