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Neo-Kantian ethics refers to any philosophical work that derives from the work of Immanuel Kant. Contemporary scholars in this area seek to advance key insights of Kant with the tools of contemporary analytic philosophy while at the same time avoiding difficulties that may be found in some of Kant's original arguments. Such work is increasingly used to provide a theoretical foundation for business ethics.

There are many active areas of interest in this vibrant field. Regarding ethical motivation, neoKantians defend the view that such motivation properly originates within the self, and not from external sources such as God or other fear or concern for the opinions of others. In this view, agents who place profits ahead of moral duties are seen as not merely unethical but ...

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