Honorable Business

April 27, 2021 | Virtual

"Honorable Business”
James R Otteson, Ph.D.
Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame 

Webinar Presentation | Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.   

James OttesonMany businesses today take positions on current ethical and political issues. Why? Is it because they are increasingly aware that many believe that business is a morally suspicious activity? A commonly held sentiment is that businesses, and businesspeople, need to “give back” to society. Do businesses think they need to advertise their moral positions to atone for misdeeds or to address this perceived need to "give back"? Yet perhaps there is a way to conduct business honorably, such that its activity does not require atonement. This talk will offer a conception of "honorable" business, distinguish it from "dishonorable" business, and argue that, done properly, honorable business does not require atonement and can even be a good in itself. 

Join us for the second webinar presentation in our series “Corporations and the Common Good: How Should Businesses Respond to Social Issues?" featuring James Otteson of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.  Dr. Otteson’s presentation is based on his recent book Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society.  By “honorable business,” Otteson means “business that contributes to growing, generalized prosperity in a properly functioning market economy.”  He offers a five-point code of ethics for the honorable businessperson who, by following these rules, contributes to a just and humane society.   

James R. Otteson is John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics and Rex and Alice E. Martin Faculty Director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

He specializes in business ethics, political economy, the history of economic thought, and eighteenth-century moral philosophy. His books include Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life (Cambridge, 2002), Actual Ethics (Cambridge, 2006), Adam Smith (Bloomsbury, 2013), The End of Socialism (Cambridge, 2014), The Essential Adam Smith (Fraser Institute, 2018), Honorable Business (Oxford, 2019), and The Essential David Hume (Fraser Institute, 2021). He has two books forthcoming: Seven Deadly Economic Sins (Cambridge, forthcoming in 2021), and The Ethics of Wealth Redistribution (with Steven McMullen; Routledge, forthcoming in 2022).

This event is free and open to the public, and is offered by the Ethics in Governance Forum of the Center for Ethics at Saint Anselm College, in partnership with New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility.

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April 27, 2021 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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