The Ethics of Conviction Versus the Ethics of Responsibility: A False Antithesis for Business Ethics
Journal of Human Values 13 (2):83-94 (2007)
AbstractIn his famous lecture on ‘Politics as a Vocation’, Max Weber coined and elaborated on the antithesis between the ethics of conviction and the ethics of responsibility, which has had a far-reaching impact on the ethics discussions, particularly in German-speaking countries. The article explores what Weber himself meant with this distinction and what implications result from it. As an interesting historical observation, Weber's interpretation of ‘Do not resist an evildoer’ in the New Testament is contrasted with Mahatma Gandhi's diametrically opposed interpretation. After criticizing Weber's position, the article outlines how today's business ethics can be based on a new and different foundation that overcomes the ‘profound antithesis’ between the ethics of conviction and the ethics of responsibility without disregarding the tensions between internal attitudes and external action results.
Similar books and articles
Using a Faculty Survey to Kick-Start an Ethics Curriculum Upgrade.Montgomery Van Wart, David Baker & Anna Ni - 2014 - Journal of Business Ethics 122 (4):571-585.
Business Ethics: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management.Alan R. Malachowski (ed.) - 2001 - Routledge.
The role of ethics and social responsibility in achieving organizational effectiveness: Students versus managers. [REVIEW]Kenneth L. Kraft & Anusorn Singhapakdi - 1991 - Journal of Business Ethics 10 (9):679 - 686.
Twenty years of european business ethics – past developments and future concerns.Luc van Liedekerke & Wim Dubbink - 2008 - Journal of Business Ethics 82 (2):273-280.
Globalization and the Ethics of Business.John R. Boatright - 2000 - Business Ethics Quarterly 10 (1):1-6.
Founding Business Ethics and (Corporate) Social Responsibility: Corporate social responsibility and business ethics.Adela Cortina - 2008 - In Jesús Conill Sancho, Christoph Luetge & Tatjana Schó̈nwälder-Kuntze (eds.), Corporate Citizenship, Contractarianism and Ethical Theory: On Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics. Ashgate Pub. Company.
The Relevance of Responsibility to Ethical Business Decisions.Patrick E. Murphy - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 90 (S2):245 - 252.
Is it ethical to use ethics as strategy?Bryan W. Husted & David B. Allen - 2000 - Journal of Business Ethics 27 (1-2):21 - 31.
The buck stops here: Why universities must reclaim business ethics education. [REVIEW]Diane L. Swanson - 2004 - Journal of Academic Ethics 2 (1):43-61.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Citations of this work
Leading and Following (Un)ethically in Limen.Miguel Pina E. Cunha, Nuno Guimarães-Costa, Arménio Rego & Stewart R. Clegg - 2010 - Journal of Business Ethics 97 (2):189-206.
Leading and Following (Un) ethically in "Limen".Miguel Pina E. Cunha, Nuno Guimarães-Costa, Arménio Rego & Stewart R. Clegg - 2010 - Journal of Business Ethics 97 (2):189-206.
References found in this work
After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory.Alasdair C. MacIntyre - 1983 - University of Notre Dame Press.
The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age.Hans Jonas - 1984 - University of Chicago Press.
The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age.Hans Jonas - 1984 - Human Studies 11 (4):419-429.