In the Name of Profit: Profiles in Corporate Irresponsibility

By Robert L. Heilbroner, Morton Mintz, Colman McCarthy, Sanford J. Ungar, Kermit Vandivier, Saul Friedman, James Boyd

Hardcover initially released in 1972.

Said One government:
"Why should still my sense of right and wrong hassle me?"

Here are dramatic actual tales of executives whose wish for revenue leads them into shameful judgements.

Naming genuine govt of significant American businesses, the authors painting company irresponsibility in human time period. One government is proven as he orders his subordinates to faux a lab record, although the outcome should be death. Others are proven as they bribe a urban legitimate, as they knowingly promote a perilous drug, as they improve themselves via betraying their stockholders.

These males aren't the conventional fast-buck artists, the petty cheats who may be brushed aside as "bad apples." The authors demonstrate themselves as strong electorate, informed and well-respected. but during company they simply yield to ambition, avarice or the company tradition. And mostly, once they are uncovered, they're promoted by way of their companies.

Together those profiles, them all written in particular for this e-book, provide existence to questions raised by way of books similar to the United States, Inc. and The Greening of America:

· what sort of males run a few super-corporations?
· How can "good men" behave so badly"
· Does operating for a company suggest violating one's moral sense?

After the entire tales are instructed, the intense economist and social critic Robert L. Heilbroner bargains a bankruptcy of viewpoint. First he confronts some of the positions on company responsibility--at one severe, breaking apart the large businesses; on the different, leaving government fullyyt unfastened to maximise gains. after which he cuts via to the realities if the problem, exhibiting us the place the easiest probability of treatment lies.

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Double-Effect Reasoning: Doing Good and Avoiding Evil (Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics)

By T. A. Cavanaugh

T. A. Cavanaugh defends double-effect reasoning (DER), often referred to as the main of double impact. DER performs a job in anti-consequentialist ethics (such as deontology), in tough situations during which one can't notice an outstanding with out additionally inflicting a foreseen, yet no longer meant, undesirable impression (for instance, killing non-combatants whilst bombing an army target). This examine is the 1st book-length account of the historical past and concerns surrounding this debatable method of tough instances. it will likely be essential in theoretical ethics, utilized ethics (especially clinical and military), and ethical theology. it's going to additionally curiosity criminal and public coverage scholars.

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Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet (MIT Press)

By Kerryn Higgs

The suggestion of ever-expanding fiscal progress has been promoted so relentlessly that "growth" is now entrenched because the typical target of collective human attempt. the general public has been confident that progress is the usual strategy to nearly all social difficulties -- poverty, debt, unemployment, or even the environmental degradation as a result of the decided pursuit of progress. in the meantime, warnings by way of scientists that we are living on a finite planet that can't maintain limitless monetary enlargement are neglected or maybe scorned. In Collision Course, Kerryn Higgs examines how society's dedication to development has marginalized clinical findings at the limits of development, casting them as bogus predictions of drawing close doom.

Higgs tells how in 1972, The Limits to Growth -- written via MIT researchers Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and William Behrens III -- discovered that unimpeded financial development used to be more likely to collide with the realities of a finite planet inside of a century. even supposing the book's arguments obtained optimistic responses first and foremost, sooner than lengthy the dominant narrative of progress as panacea took over. Higgs explores the resistance to rules approximately limits, tracing the propagandizing of "free enterprise," the elevation of progress because the principal goal of coverage makers, the occasion of "the magic of the market," and the ever-widening impression of corporate-funded imagine tanks -- a parallel educational universe devoted to the dissemination of neoliberal ideas and to the denial of well-being and environmental hazards from the consequences of tobacco to worldwide warming. greater than 40 years after The Limits to Growth, the concept that progress is key keeps to carry sway, regardless of the mounting proof of its expenditures -- weather destabilization, pollutants, intensification of gross international inequalities, and depletion of the assets on which the trendy financial edifice depends.

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Why Businessmen Need Philosophy: The Capitalist's Guide to the Ideas Behind Ayn Rand's AtlasShrugged

The highbrow tooks each enterprise individual wishes within the boardroom. comprises infrequent essays by way of Ayn Rand!

With govt and the media blaming sizeable enterprise for the area fiscal problem, capitalism wishes all of the aid it may possibly get. it is the excellent time for this choice of essays providing a philosophical protection of capitalism by way of Ayn Rand and different Objectivist intellectuals. crucial and useful, Why Businessmen desire Philosophy unearths the significance of preserving philosophical rules within the company setting in any respect degrees of industrial from day-by-day operations to government judgements, and gives the tactical and tactful rational considering required to guard businesses from ideological assaults.

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The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction

By John Leslie

Are we in forthcoming threat of extinction? certain, we most likely are, argues John Leslie in his chilling account of the risks dealing with the human race as we process the second one millenium.
The finish of the World is a sobering review of the various failures that scientists have anticipated and speculated on as resulting in apocalypse. within the first entire survey, capability catastrophes - starting from lethal ailments to high-energy physics experiments - are explored to assist us comprehend the risks.
one of many maximum threats dealing with humankind, even though, is the insurmountable proven fact that we're a comparatively younger species, a possibility that's on the center of the 'Doomsday Argument'. This argument, if right, makes the risks we are facing extra severe than shall we have ever imagined. This greater than whatever makes the confidence and lack of understanding of politicians, and certainly philosophers, so aggravating as they proceed to disregard the take place risks dealing with destiny generations.

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Ethics: Essential Readings in Moral Theory

Ethics: crucial Readings in ethical thought is an excellent anthology of an important themes, theories and debates in ethics, compiled through one of many top specialists within the box. It contains sixty-six extracts masking the imperative domain names of ethics:

  • why be moral?
  • the that means of ethical language
  • morality and objectivity
  • consequentialism
  • deontology
  • virtue and character
  • value and well-being
  • moral psychology
  • applications: together with abortion, famine reduction and consent.

Included are either classical extracts from Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Mill, in addition to modern classics from philosophers reminiscent of Thomas Nagel, Thomas Scanlon, Martha Nussbaum, Derek Parfit, and Peter Singer.

A key function of the anthology is that it covers the perennial themes in ethics in addition to very contemporary ones, similar to ethical psychology, accountability and experimental philosophy. each one part is brought and put in context via the editor, making this a fantastic anthology for somebody learning ethics or moral theory.

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Choosing to Die: Elective Death and Multiculturalism

By C. G. Prado

During this booklet, C. G. Prado addresses the tough query of whilst and if it is rational to finish one's lifestyles with a purpose to get away devastating terminal disease. He particularly considers this question in gentle of the influence of multiculturalism on perceptions and judgments approximately what's correct and unsuitable, permissible and impermissible. Prado introduces the belief of a "coincidental tradition" to elucidate the range of values and commitments that impact choice. He additionally introduces the belief of a "proxy premise" to house reasoning matters which are raised by way of intractably held ideals. basically meant for clinical ethicists, this publication may be of curiosity to someone fascinated about the facility of contemporary medication to maintain humans alive, thereby forcing humans to select from residing and loss of life. additionally, Prado calls upon clinical ethicists and practitioners to understand the price of a theoretical foundation for his or her paintings.

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The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering

By Michael J. Sandel

Breakthroughs in genetics current us with a promise and a hindrance. The promise is that we are going to quickly have the capacity to deal with and stop a number of debilitating illnesses. The difficulty is that our newfound genetic wisdom might allow us to control our nature―to improve our genetic characteristics and people of our kids. even though most folks locate at the very least a few different types of genetic engineering disquieting, it's not effortless to articulate why. what's wrong with re-engineering our nature?

The Case opposed to Perfection explores those and different ethical quandaries attached with the hunt to ideal ourselves and our kids. Michael Sandel argues that the pursuit of perfection is defective for purposes that transcend safeguard and equity. The force to augment human nature via genetic applied sciences is objectionable since it represents a bid for mastery and dominion that fails to understand the talented personality of human powers and achievements. wearing us past general phrases of political discourse, this booklet contends that the genetic revolution will swap the best way philosophers talk about ethics and may strength non secular questions again onto the political agenda.

In order to grapple with the ethics of enhancement, we have to confront questions principally misplaced from view within the glossy global. considering the fact that those questions verge on theology, smooth philosophers and political theorists are inclined to slash from them. yet our new powers of biotechnology make those questions unavoidable. Addressing them is the duty of this publication, by means of one among America’s preeminent ethical and political thinkers.

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Socratic Studies

By Gregory Vlastos

This can be the better half quantity to Gregory Vlastos' hugely acclaimed Socrates: Ironist and ethical thinker. 4 ground-breaking papers that laid the foundation for his realizing of Socrates are gathered the following, including a 5th bankruptcy that could be a new and provocative dialogue of Socrates' arguments within the Protagoras and Laches. The Epilogue, "Socrates and Vietnam," means that Socrates used to be no longer, as Plato claimed, the main simply guy of his time.

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Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism

Interviews from Gloria Steinem to Oprah Winfrey to Nawal El Saadawi, and items by way of authors from Erica Jong to bell hooks to Beth Ditto—the very better of the Guardian's feminist writing
The feminist movement of the final forty years has received triumphs and persisted trials, however it hasn't ever weakened its unravel, nor for a second been boring. The Guardian newspaper has its development all through, sporting interviews with and articles by means of the main figures, chronicling with verve, wit, and infrequently passionate anger the arguments surrounding pornography, prostitution, political illustration, strength, pay, parental rights, abortion rights, family chores, and household violence. Bringing that writing jointly for the 1st time, this collection includes interviews with Betty Friedan, Susan Brownmiller, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Camille Paglia, Susie Orbach, and more. different items comprise Willa Petschek on Shirley Chisholm, Beatrix Campbell on the legacy of Princess Diana, Andrea Dworkin on invoice and Hillary Clinton, Jessica Valenti on net misogyny, and Mona Eltahawy on her attack in Cairo. Lively, provocative, considerate, and humorous, this is often the basic advisor to the feminist pondering and writing of the previous forty years—the final portrait of an ongoing revolution.

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