Philosophy for Business


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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.

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   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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Daniel Silvermintz

Tom C. Veblen

Marco Senatore

Peter S Borkowski

Dena Hurst

Sean Jasso

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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

Issue number 85
30th October 2018

Edited by Tom Veblen


I. The Superior Business Firm Roundtable: Historically Speaking

II. Creating New Knowledge

III. Imagining a World Without Hunger



The Superior Business Firm Roundtable continues its inquiry into the
role of business in modern society (see 'Historically Speaking'). Its
recent Dialectic for Midwestern business leaders dealt with the nature
and prospect for the U.S. Food System.

Business is the word's indispensable wealth creator. The wealth it
creates, astutely managed and soundly invested, advances human
well-being -- individually and collectively.

Business flourishes in cultural and political environments that
enable and encourage its practitioners' better instincts and higher
purpose. The social environment most conducive to the thriving of
enlightened business firms and systems is the construct known as
'commercial society.' The United States has been a prime example of
how this phenomenon works in the modern world.

At the Kansas City Roundtable (September 20-23, 2018) discussing
'Imagining a World Without Hunger' we reached the following five
'take-away' conclusions:

1. Vaclav Havel nailed it! The future is unpredictable. To make
things better, we are compelled to take our best shot at making
change work to our betterment, individually and collectively.

2. The unprecedented advances in Science and Technology are literally
revolutionizing society's social schemes and modalities (including the
U.S. and Global Food Systems). How did we get so lucky to live in such
wonderful times? Press on.

3. With American society rethinking its tradition of self-governance
and the primacy of collaboration, there is danger in taking for
granted the Food System's productivity and its exceptional capacity
for innovation and betterment. It is imperative that Food System
business leaders consciously engage as citizens in redefining the
nature of business and its role in society.

4. The U.S. Food System provides clues for organizing other sectors
of society, e.g., education, healthcare, communications.

5. The Roundtable's work should continue. There is simply too much
knowledge within it, and too much knowledge being generated by it for
it to end. As has been said, the past is but prologue. It is time to
press on to the next level. (reference the attached 'Creating New
Knowledge,' a brief on the Superior Business Firm Roundtable)

(c) Tom Veblen 2018


About the editor:



Our purpose: to make American business better. Our thought: to make
ourselves better practitioners, citizens, and persons through open
and honest exchanges of opinion about business and its social and
cultural contexts. Our action: an ongoing dialectic (in various forms
and venues), coupled with the publishing of our discoveries on the
meaning of business and business superiority [...]

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(c) Tom Veblen 2018




In May 1993 a dozen of us, experienced business persons all, sat down
to compare notes on the state of our world and our place in it. We had
a common problem. It was becoming increasingly difficult to keep up
with the changes in our markets and industries and with the blizzard
of new government regulations. As Bob Dylan was singing, "...the
times they are a'changin'." [...]

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(c) Tom Veblen 2018




Can we imagine a world without hunger? Yes, but only if we can
imagine a better way to govern and modernize the world's diverse
national food systems. This essay imagines that better way by
characterizing the world's most modern food system and suggesting how
the best traits of that system can be instituted around the world.

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(c) Tom Veblen 2018