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By Peter Ulrich

Integrative financial Ethics is a hugely unique paintings that progresses via a sequence of rational and philosophical arguments to deal with foundational concerns about the courting among ethics and the industry economic climate. instead of accepting marketplace festival as a driving force of moral behaviour, the writer indicates that glossy economies have to strengthen moral ideas that consultant marketplace festival, therefore relocating enterprise ethics into the nation-states of political concept and civic rationality. This booklet was once in its fourth variation within the unique German in 2008, this English translation of Peter Ulrich's improvement of a clean integrative method of financial ethics should be of curiosity to all students and complex scholars of industrial ethics, economics, and social and political philosophy.

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72 The concretely experienced moral community of our lifeworld is generalized as the regulative idea73 of the unlimited moral community of all men (human beings). The intellectual exchange of perspectives and roles with a particular communication and interaction partner leads to the regulative idea of universal role reversibility, which Lawrence Kohlberg, adapting George H. ’ This norm is ‘no less universal and important an element of culture than the incest taboo’. A. W. Gouldner, ‘The Norm of Reciprocity: A Preliminary Statement’, American Sociological Review 25 (1960), pp.

For a detailed treatment of the dimensions of the historical process of rationalization see P. Ulrich, Transformation der o¨konomischen Vernunft: Fortschrittsperspektiven der modernen Industriegesellschaft, 3rd rev. : Haupt, 1993; 1st edn 1986), p. 23ff. See the headword ‘Ethik’ in O. ), Lexikon der Ethik, 4th edn (Munich: Beck, 1992), p. 61f. The fact that the individual conscience can be subjected to critical philosophical-ethical questioning by no means permits the conclusion that an argumentative or even a legal examination of conscience under unqualified pragmatic circumstances is reasonable.

108. W. Frankena, Ethics (Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice Hall, 1963), p. 37. 20 Integrative Economic Ethics If our socio-cultural formation has proceeded in a reasonably ‘healthy’ way, we will have a more or less strongly developed ‘inner voice’ we usually characterize as our conscience, and which we follow or at least struggle with in situations of inner conflict. 24 Thus, although all men possess the same disposition for morality, it expresses itself in a neverending culturally and historically determined variety of actual moral conceptions.

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