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This guide to business ethics provides key terms and concepts related to business ethics in a short, easy-to-use format. It provides objective coverage of theories, corporate social responsibility, human resources issues, consumer protection, and ethical issues in marketing and advertising. It is an ideal supplement for business ethics courses or as a reference for students and practitioners who would like to learn more about the basics of business ethics.

Human Nature
Human nature

Human nature may be defined as the essence of the human species and consists of all the characteristics and behaviors that are inherent in human beings. While inquiries into human nature have occupied philosophers both classical and contemporary, practical men and women frequently attribute one or another experienced injury or benefit to some element of human nature and make decisions informed by their own hopes and fears. Advocates of business ethics often look to human nature to explain abuses or to propose a path of change.

What Makes a Human Being?

Humans are distinguished from animals by their ability to use tools, develop language, and reason. These last two are closely connected in that the practice of logic is intertwined with the structure of ...

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