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The Moral Background
Author: Gabriel Abend

ISBN: 9780691159447
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 8 March 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.9
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In recent years, many disciplines have become interested in the scientific study of morality. However, a conceptual framework for this work is still lacking. InThe Moral Background, Gabriel Abend develops just such a framework and uses it to investigate the history of business ethics in the United States from the 1850s to the 1930s.

According to Abend, morality consists of three levels: moral and immoral behavior, or the behavioral level; moral understandings and norms, or the normative level; and the moral background, which includes what moral concepts exist in a society, what moral methods can be used, what reasons can be given, and what objects can be morally evaluated at all. This background underlies the behavioral and normative levels; it supports, facilitates, and enables them.

Through this perspective, Abend historically examines the work of numerous business ethicists and organizations--such as Protestant ministers, business associations, and business schools--and identifies two types of moral background. "Standards of Practice" is characterized by its scientific worldview, moral relativism, an...

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