The ethical and legal scandals at Enron, WorldCom, Tyco and many other businesses in the United States, Europe and Asia have shaken people’s confidence in business. Corporate Integrity and Accountability seeks to address questions of corporate integrity as they arise for financial reporting, executive compensation, globalization, and business ethics itself. The chapters are the product of leading business ethicists—both academic and practitioner—in the U.S. and Europe, resulting in the application of different methodologies, sources, and forms of argument. This gives the reader a sense not only of the complexity of some of the ethical issues business faces, but also the richness of the various resources that are available to address these issues.

Wittgenstein's Bedrock: What Business Ethicists Do

Wittgenstein's Bedrock: What Business Ethicists Do

Wittgenstein's bedrock: What business ethicists do
Ronald E.Berenbeim

“If I have exhausted the justification, I have reached bedrock and my spade is turned. Then I am inclined to say ‘This is simply what I do.’” So wrote Wittgenstein about his work as a philosopher (as cited in Edmonds & Eidinow, 2001, p. 87).

Enron and the stream of cases that have followed in its wake have certain common elements that confront business ethicists with Wittgenstein's bedrock. Our spade is turned. What we do is much clearer than it was a year ago.

If companies and their leaders were not accountable for making ethical choices, there would be no such thing as business ethics. Because they are, there is. The business ethicist's essential project ...

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