Business ethics almost always hits the headlines in the wake of scandals, but hardly ever when entrepreneurs and managers do good deeds. These are often met with a skepticism difficult to erradicate for, given the profit motive, such stories are just “too good to be true”. Why so? After a short introduction to the origins and development of business ethics, this course will present a more constructive approach based on the notion of “moral capital” or virtue. We shall also explain how the firm, through the proper ethical perspective, could actually be a potent force toward attaining the common good of society.
This course seeks to study what is common to all human beings, that is, their nature, from a philosophical perspective, from the viewpoint of common first principles (archai) and a shared final end (telos). Insofar as the philosophical perspective should be open to inputs from other sciences, we shall pay special attention to contributions from Modern Happiness Studies and biotechnology regarding eudaimonia or the perfection of human nature.
The purpose of this course is to explore solidarity as one of the fundamental social principles together with human dignity, the common good and subsidiarity. We shall also examine the process of designing a solidarity metric for organizations.
IV. Ethics, Law, and Markets (Ethics Module, Master of Economics in Finance)
V. Ethics and Public Policy (Masters in Public Policy, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University)
This course seeks to familiarize students with resources from the virtue ethics tradition that may prove useful in guiding public policy. The virtue ethics tradition encompasses contributions from Aristotle, Aquinas, Vitoria, MacIntyre, and Catholic Social Teaching. among others. Virtue ethics impacts public policy through its role in human flourishing and integral human development.