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Why the Practice of Business Ethics Calls for a Due Regard for History

Frederick Bird

Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik - Journal for Business, Economics & Ethics, 2016, vol. 17, issue 1, 154-176

Abstract: In this essay I will examine four reasons why a due regard for history is important for business ethics. These are as follows: (1) In order to learn and to appreciate local cultural norms and practices; (2) In order to understand both how current problems developed as they have and how to envision the current responsibilities for past legacies; (3) In order to gain a lively sense of what is now possible and what is not and when what kinds of actions are called for; and (4) in order to monitor existing practices as they evolve over time.

Keywords: Ethics; History; Business; Contingencies; Responsibilities; Legacies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 A14 M14 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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