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Logos for ethics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Human-Computer Interaction.
2009 (English)In: Pathos for ethics: Leadership, excellence and the quest for sustainable future, Athens: 22nd EBEN A.C. , 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Ethics demands skills and processes, not only a feeling of doing the right thing. However,handling moral problems, dilemmas and conflicts is not easy. Rational, or autonomousethical problem solving and decision making is difficult. This position is clearlysupported in philosophy since the days of Socrates and later by Kant and others. In thispaper logos is discussed as the basis and the aim of ethical competence at personal andorganizational levels. In that sense the study of the parameters of ethical competencebelongs to social science and not only to philosophy. Ethical competence is here definedas the ability of a person to use a suitable problem-solving and decision-making methodwhen facing a moral problem, and the ability of an organization to build, maintain anduse suitable processes, tools and mechanisms in handling relevant moral issues. Focus ison the processes themselves, either they are psychological or social, and not on theirresults. It is important, nevertheless, to underline the fact that since heteronomy is thedefault method the difficulty lies with learning to use autonomy, i.e., to think in a rationalway, to use logos.

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Athens: 22nd EBEN A.C. , 2009.
, Proceedings of 22nd European Business Ethics Network Annual Conference, 10-12 September 2009, Athens
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Computer and Information Science Philosophy Business Administration Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108402OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-108402DiVA: diva2:235744
CD-ROMAvailable from: 2009-09-17 Created: 2009-09-17 Last updated: 2009-11-16Bibliographically approved

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