The moral significance of gestures
Article first published online: 20 JUN 2011
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Business Ethics: A European Review
Special Issue: Where is business ethics?
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 280–291, July 2011
How to Cite
ten Bos, R. (2011), The moral significance of gestures. Business Ethics: A European Review, 20: 280–291. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8608.2011.01631.x
- Issue published online: 20 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 20 JUN 2011
The concept of the gesture is explored in relationship with its moral significance rather than, for example, its aesthetic significance. It is argued that the concept can be used in order to make clear how morality relates to the body. This is not to suggest that gestures can be neatly defined. On the contrary, they always seem to be ambivalent and somewhat nebular. However, it will be shown that some of their significance might well be related to popular concepts such as ‘transparency’, ‘authenticity’, ‘integrity’ and ‘responsibility’. In order to make this clear, the role of some particular gestures in politics and organizational life, most notably ‘apology’ and ‘trust’, will be discussed throughout the paper.