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If Hooker is correct and ethical action requires reasons, can corporations be said to act at all? Are corporations moral persons? Evaluate and discuss the ways in which Goodpaster and Matthews ( Can a Corporation Have a Conscience ) defend applying the concept of moral action to corporations. But if corporations have rights, mustn’t they have responsibilities? The question of whether or not corporations are considered moral persons is a pretty complicated question. This is because they are obviously not physical people, nor are they citizens of any state, yet they have their own natural rights and judgement on the issues that affect them. I would assert that because the corporation is made up of people their actions largely fall within the same construct of ethical or unethical decisions, albeit with a few extra caveats. Companies have basic motives, missions, and underlying goals; thus, their actions are accountable [CITATION Joh11 \p 8-9 \l 1033 ]. If the actions of the company result in damages to outsiders, the
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  • Spring '14
  • Barton,Ch
  • Ethics , Goodpaster

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