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Launched on 2 November 2003, Philosophy for Business is an e-journal published by the International Society for Philosophers and Pathways School of Philosophy, looking at philosophical and ethical aspects of business practice.

We are aiming for a wide circulation to companies and corporations around the world, as well as academic philosophers.

In order to gain the widest possible readership, articles should be written in simple, non-technical language. The target length is 2500 words.

Some themes that we will be looking at:

   Globalization and monopoly
   Is business ethics possible?
   Philosophy of economics
   Practical ethics
   Idea of a code of conduct
   Freedom of speech
   Industrial democracy
   Whistle blowing
   Ecology and sustainability
   Education and health
   Business and the law
   Tax avoidance and evasion



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EDITORS

Daniel Silvermintz
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Tom C. Veblen
SuperBizRT@aol.com

Marco Senatore
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Peter S Borkowski
p.borkowski@aui.ma

Dena Hurst
dena.hurst@appa.edu

Sean Jasso
sean.jasso@pepperdine.edu





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P H I L O S O P H Y   F O R   B U S I N E S S           ISSN 2043-0736
https://isfp.co.uk/businesspathways/

Issue number 82
4th September 2017

Edited by Daniel Silvermintz

CONTENTS

I. 'Ethics in Hiring: Nepotism, Meritocracy, or Utilitarian
Compassion' by Mikael Olsson

II. 'To Work is to Pray: The History of Protestant Business Ethics'
by L.S. Embulayeva

III. 'Russian Philosophy of Business' by M.I. Danilova

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FROM THE LIST MANAGER

This issue of Philosophy for Business edited by Daniel Silvermintz is
being published simultaneously with a Special Russian Issue (215) of
Philosophy Pathways, jointly edited by Grigoriy Nikitin and Craig
Skinner. Altogether we have five articles authored by members of the
Philosophy Department at Kuban State Agrarian University, Krasnodar,
Russian Federation. Two of the articles are included in this issue
and the other three in Philosophy Pathways.

Founded as an agricultural institute not long after the Bolshevik
Revolution of 1917, Kuban University today has 25 faculties teaching
over 19,000 home and foreign students. A nice introduction to the
University is the fascinating photo gallery at
http://kubsau.ru/en/general_information/photo_gallery/ which includes
images from a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin. There is more
information the Kuban University website as well as in Grigoriy
Nikitin's Postscript to Issue 215 of Philosophy Pathways.

(c) Geoffrey Klempner 2017

Email: klempner@fastmail.net

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EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION

Issue 82 of Philosophy for Business features three articles that
approach the economy from a moral point of view. Despite the
different perspective adopted in each article (utilitarian,
Protestant, and Russian Orthodox), all three authors argue that
economic agents are not merely anonymous cogs in a machine of
production and consumption, but rather form an interrelated ethical
community [...]

See more...

https://isfp.co.uk/articles/Daniel_Silvermintz_Introduction_
Philosophy_for_Business_Issue_82.pdf

(c) Daniel Silvermintz 2017

Email: Silvermintz@uhcl.edu

About the editor:
https://isfp.co.uk/businesspathways/editor.html#silvermintz

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I. 'ETHICS IN HIRING: NEPOTISM, MERITOCRACY OR UTILITARIAN
COMPASSION' BY MIKAEL OLSSON

Petersen et al. contend that the process of hiring personnel is
'poorly understood and hardly studied'. Ethical investigations of the
hiring process have not been frequent either, in spite of the fact
that many ethical questions are raised in this vital facet of
business operations. Evidently, questions pertaining to hiring
personnel do not seem to appear on lists of the most common ethical
problems that managers face... One could argue that the task of
hiring and firing has more ethical implications than many other tasks
since these decisions directly impact other people, benefiting some
and harming others [...]

See more...

https://isfp.co.uk/articles/Mikael_Olsson_Ethics_in_Hiring_Nepotism_
Meritocracy_or_Utilitarian_Compassion.pdf

(c) Mikael Olsson 2017

Email: jmikaelolsson@gmail.com

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II. 'TO WORK IS TO PRAY: THE HISTORY OF PROTESTANT BUSINESS ETHICS'
BY L.S. EMBULAYEVA

The Protestant work ethic has, and continues to have, a significant
impact in shaping Western culture. A number of scholarly works have
been devoted to studying this ethos, most notably The Protestant
Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by the German philosopher and
sociologist Max Weber. In this work, Weber showed how Protestant
theology, along with its corresponding conception of duty, radically
shifted traditional economic thinking. The spirit of modern
capitalism thus results from the merging of the Western European
economic code of conduct with the rational ethics of Protestantism.
The implications of this interconnection for the development of
modern capitalism cannot be fully understood without an appreciation
of the history and ongoing elaboration of Protestant dogma [...]

See more...

https://isfp.co.uk/articles/L_S_Embulayeva_To_Work_Is_To_Pray_The_
History_of_Protestant_Business_Ethics.pdf

(c) L.S. Embulayeva 2017

Email: nembulaeva@mail.ru

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III. 'RUSSIAN PHILOSOPHY OF BUSINESS' BY M.I. DANILOVA

Contemporary Russian scholars note the importance of maintaining the
culture and status of business as an essential prerequisite for the
success of social and economic modernization. At the same time, these
scholars are critical of unbridled capitalism, a pervasive problem in
modern Russian society. This misguided approach leads to the attitude
that one should pursue wealth by any means regardless of the ethical
consequences. Many philosophers of business ethics thus recognize the
need for moral criteria in order to foster value-driven attitudes
concerning work, wealth, and accumulation. Some thinkers have tried
to solve this problem by constructing a religious and philosophical
system governing the economy premised on Orthodox doctrine that would
function in a similar manner as Protestantism has for Western
capitalism [...]

See more...

https://isfp.co.uk/articles/M_I_Danilova_Russian_Philosophy_of_
Business.pdf

(c) M.I. Danilova 2017

Email: madary@mail.ru


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