9. The Decomposition of the Corporate Body

  1. Matthew C. Altman

Published Online: 6 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118114162.ch9

Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy

Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy

How to Cite

Altman, M. C. (2011) The Decomposition of the Corporate Body, in Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118114162.ch9

Author Information

  1. Ellensburg, Wash., USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 30 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470657669

Online ISBN: 9781118114162

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Keywords:

  • decomposition of the corporate body;
  • Kant, having trouble accounting for social conditions;
  • Kant's theory of agency;
  • Kant's relevance, given current state of business ethics;
  • Kant's moral agency, nonrational things moved by natural laws;
  • moral agency and the categorical imperative, of Kant;
  • Kant, not deriving the moral law from human nature;
  • corporate culture, pathological influence threatening freedom;
  • Kant's ethics, implications for our moral lives

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Decision-Making Procedures and Maxims in Corporate Settings

  • The Need for Collective Responsibility in Business Ethics

  • Applying the Categorical Imperative to Businesses

  • Kant's Account of Moral Agency and the Categorical Imperative

  • Must We Never Treat a Business Merely as a Means?

  • Corporate Policies and Individual Agents

  • Bowie's Defense of Collective Responsibility, and the Need for an Alternative

  • Personal Responsibility within the Corporation

  • The Choice Facing Business Ethicists: Kant or Collective Responsibility?