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1Section 2Ethical Theory and its Application2.1 Ethics and morality – an overview2.2 Utilitarianism2.3 Kantian ethics2.4 Virtue ethics2.5 Applying ethical theory to decision-making in business cases2.6 Further approaches of ethicsChris BeckerColorado State University, College of BusinessBUS 2201Ethics is about norms and values, about what is right and good, whatwe ought to do in life, how we should act and interact with othersExamples?What is right and what wrong? What ought we to do and not todo?What do you consider as values and as important norms in life?2.1 Ethics and morality – an overviewChris BeckerColorado State University, College of BusinessBUS 220212
2Norms and valuesKnow how to actin lifeWhat to do andnot to doFrom where do we get the information about what is right and wrong?2.1 Ethics and morality – an overviewChris BeckerColorado State University, College of BusinessBUS 2203Laws / RulesFamily /ParentsReligionEtiquetteNorms and valuesKnow how to actin lifeWhat to do andnot to doAuthorityCommunity /peersFrom where do we get the information about what is right and wrong?2.1 Ethics and morality – an overviewChris BeckerColorado State University, College of BusinessBUS 220434
3Laws / RulesFamily /ParentsReligionEtiquetteNorms and valuesKnow how to actin lifeWhat to do andnot to doAuthorityCommunity /peersEthicsSystematic reflectionson values and norms:What is the right thing to do?What person do I want to be?In cases of disagreement, doubt, dilemma, new challenges, etc.2.1 Ethics and morality – an overviewChris BeckerColorado State University, College of BusinessBUS 2205ADEFINITION OF ETHICS:Ethicsis the systematic reflection on values and norms: theircontent and changes, and their meaning, justification, anddeterminationClassical questions of traditional philosophical ethics:What are right actions?What is a good life?What is a good character?What are virtues?(Becker 2019: 15)2.1 Ethics and morality – an overviewChris BeckerColorado State University, College of BusinessBUS 220656
4Empirical ethics: analysis of existing norms and valuesWhat values and norms exist in a groups or society? Where do they come from? How dothey change over time?Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology;empirical business ethicsNormative ethics: systematic reflection on the determination and justification ofnorms and valuesHow ought one to live and act? How can one decide what action is ethically right? How canone justify actions? What is a good life?Traditional moral philosophy;normative business ethicsAnalytical ethics: systematic reasoning about the meaning of evaluative andnormative concepts and statementsE.g.: What is the meaning of “good”? How is this concept used and how is it related to otherconcepts?

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