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Beneath good and evil?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
2013 (English)In: Business Ethics. A European Review, ISSN 0962-8770, E-ISSN 1467-8608, Vol. 22, no 4, 380-392 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this paper is to think business ethics with the help of philosopher Alain Badiou, focusing on Badiou's critique of ethics and the concepts of event', truth' and especially subject'. Based mainly on review articles, I construct an understanding of business ethics (comprising corporate social responsibility and sustainability) and its history as a field of research. With the help of a framework developed from Badiou's work on ethics, I conduct a metacritique of business ethics as being intolerant (exclusion of voices), nihilist (concerned with necessity and economics), reactive (to social movements in the 1960s, arguing that there has always been an ethics of business) and obscure (building upon the atemporal body of knowledge in ethics). Opposed to these tendencies, with the help of the constructive Badiou, I argue that business ethics should move towards the creation of faithful subjects possibly formed by inexistent' research in the field, as well as concerning itself with closely studying and identifying empirical cases of faithful subject formations and their deviations.

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2013. Vol. 22, no 4, 380-392 p.
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Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
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Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210189DOI: 10.1111/beer.12030ISI: 000324916300004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210189DiVA: diva2:661537
Available from: 2013-11-04 Created: 2013-11-04 Last updated: 2014-01-09Bibliographically approved

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