Expanding the motivations for altruism: A philosophical perspective

Authors

  • Julian Friedland,

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    1. Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy, The School of Business, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
    • Correspondence to: Julian Friedland, Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy, The School of Business, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, 20052, USA. E-mail: jfriedland@gwu.edu

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  • Benjamin M. Cole

    1. Department of Management Systems, Schools of Business Administration, Fordham University, New York, NY, USA
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Summary

We argue that attempts to extrapolate moral motives for non-egoistic behavior in organizational behavior often interpret results empathically or deontically, while leaving other moral motivational frames, such as the utilitarian and virtue ethical, under-examined. We encourage the creation of experimental measures to distinguish various philosophical frames. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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