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This is the only textbook in the field to combine text, cases, and articles. It is unmatched in both comprehensiveness and flexibility, with the chapters distinct enough to be taught independent of one another. With two chapters on the nature of morality and ethical theory, an entire chapter devoted to economic justice, and thorough treatment of applied issues this text is ideal for any course in business ethics.
"Business ethics textbooks tend to either be too business oriented without enough reflection, or too reflective without practical relevance. This book gets the balance right, and does it consistently throughout each of the chapters. I like it because all the material seems relevant and of interest to me personally."
"MORAL ISSUES IN BUSINESS is an introductory text in business ethics written in a clear and engaging style for an undergraduate audience. After surveying basic issues in normative ethics and American business, the text focuses on key ethical issues faced by consumers, employees, and employers in manner that encourages open debate and critical reflection."
The author and editor of numerous books and articles in the areas of ethics and social and political philosophy, William H. Shaw obtained a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the London School of Economics and teaches philosophy at San Jose State University, where he served as chair of the department for eleven years. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Zimbabwe, the University of Hong Kong, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He has two other books with Cengage Learning, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL ETHICS and (with Vincent Barry) BUSINESS ETHICS.
Vincent Barry is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Bakersfield College, having taught there for thirty-four years as well as being a highly successful philosophy textbook author.
PART I: MORAL PHILOSOPHY AND BUSINESS. 1. THE NATURE OF MORALITY. Summary. Made in the USA-Dumped in Brazil, Africa, Iraq...? The A7D Affair. Robert C. Soloman: It's Good Business. David Luban, Alan Strudler, and David Wasserstrom: Moral Responsibility in the Age of Bureaucracy. 2. NORMATIVE THEORIES OF ETHICS. Baby M. The Ford Pinto. Blood for Sale. James Rachels: What Would a Satisfactory Moral Theory Be Like? Joseph R. DesJardins: Virtues and Business Ethics. 3. JUSTICE AND ECONOMIC DISTRIBUTION. Whatever Happened to the Steel Industry? Poverty in America. Peter Singer: Rich and Poor. D. W. Haslett: Is Inheritance Justified? PART II: AMERICAN BUSINESS AND ITS BASIS. 4. THE NATURE OF CAPITALISM. The Downsizing of America. Hucksters in the Classroom. Licensing and Laissez Faire. A New Work Ethic? E. F. Schumacher: Buddhist Economics. Robert Heilbroner: Reflections on the Triumph of Capitalism. Lisa Newton: The Hostile Takeover. 5. CORPORATIONS. Exxon and Captain Hazelwood. Living and Dying with Asbestos. Selling Infant Formula Abroad. Levi Strauss at Home and Abroad. Charity to Scouts? Kenneth J. Arrow: Social Responsibility and Economic Efficiency. John P. Kavanagh: Ethical Issues in Plant Relocation. Richard T. De George: Ethical Dilemmas for Multinational Enterprise: A Philosophical Overview. Paul F. Camenisch: Business Ethics: On Getting to the Heart of the Matter. PART III: THE ORGANIZATION AND THE PEOPLE IN IT. 6. THE WORKPLACE. Burger Beefs. AIDS in the Workplace. Speaking Out About Malt. Union Discrimination? Old Smoke. David W. Ewing: An Employee's Bill of Rights. Patricia H. Werhane and Tara J. Radin:Employed at Will and Due Process. Mary Gibson: The Public Worker's Right to Strike. 7. THE WORKPLACE. Today's Challenges. Unprofessional Conduct? Testing for Honesty. She Snoops to Conquer. Protecting the Unborn at Work. The Mommy Track. Joseph R. DesJardins and Ronald Duska: Drug Testing in Employment. Richard L. Lippke: Work, Privacy, and Autonomy. John J. McCall: Participation in Employment. 8. MORAL CHOICES FACING EMPLOYEES. Profiting on Columns Prior to Publication. Two Who Made Waves for the Navy. The Housing Allowance. Changing Jobs and Changing Loyalties. Ethically Dubious Conduct. David E. Soles: Four Concepts of Loyalty. Jennifer Moore: What Is Really Unethical About Insider Trading? Jeff Fadiman: Foreign Corrupt Practices: How to Deal with Foreign Forms of Bribery. Michael Davis: Some Paradoxes of Whistleblowing. 9. JOB DISCRIMINATION. Minority Set-Asides. Raising the Ante. Consenting to Sexual Harassment. Facial Discrimination. Richard Wasserstrom: A Defense of Programs of Preferential Treatment. Andrew Altman: Making Sense of Sexual Harassment Law. Richard D. Mohr: Homosexuality, Prejudice, and Discrimination. PART IV: BUSINESS AND SOCIETY. 10. CONSUMERS. Breast Implants. Hot Coffee at McDonald's. Sniffing Glue Could Snuff Profits. Warning: The Following Ad May Contain a Subliminal Message. Closing the Deal. The Skateboard Scare. David M. Holly: A Moral Evaluation of Sales Practices. Robert L. Arrington: Advertising and Behavioral Control. Richard L. Lippke: Advertising and the Social Conditions of Autonomy. 11. THE ENVIRONMENT. Waste Sites and Wasted Funds. Poverty and Pollution. Rewrapping the Big Mac. The Fordasaurus. The Fight over the Redwoods. Peter Singer: The Place of Nonhumans in Environmental Issues. William F. Baxter: People or Penguins. W. Michael Hoffman: Business and Environmental Ethics. INDEX.