PHILOSOPHY 213: Business Ethics

Fall Semester, 2001
Dr. Scott Kimbrough
Office hours: MWF 10:00-11:00, F 11:00-12:00 or by appointment
Office: Council 132
Phone: 745-7118
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Course Description

The popular joke about business ethics is that the term is an oxymoron. The old joke may seem to have new resonance now that business is conducted on an increasingly international scale. Different nations have different legal and moral traditions, complicating the already difficult task of telling the difference between acceptable and unacceptable business conduct. This course confronts a number of morally and legally thorny issues that arise on both a domestic and international scale. We will examine the arguments raised by partisans of conflicting viewpoints, sorting out the competing interests that motivate them. We will examine ongoing and emerging controversies regarding such topics as the conduct of multi-national corporations, the globalization of the economy, labor rights, environmentalism, and information technology. Our goal in the course is to learn to articulate and defend informed opinions on topics of contemporary concern.

Required Text

D. Adams & E. Maine (eds.), Business Ethics for the 21st Century, Mayfield Publishing Company, 1998.

Course Requirements

Unpleasant warning:

There is no worse academic sin than plagiarism. Plagiarism consists in copying the work of another, in whole or in part, without citing the source. This warning goes both for print and electronic media. Plagiarized work will receive a zero.


All readings are from the Adams and Maine text unless otherwise noted.

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