PHIL 337: Business Ethics (Rev. C2/C3) Report a Broken Link

Philosophy 337: Business Ethics examines a number of issues in business practice such as advertising, hiring and firing, corporate social responsibility, globalization, integrity, and leadership. In it we critically apply ethical theories to these issues in order to address leading questions concerning what constitutes good business practice.


Unit 2: Normative Ethical Theories, Part I—Moral Relativism and Divine Command Theory

VIDEO: Ethics Defined: Moral Relativism (2:00 min.)
VIDEO: Divine Command Theory: Crash Course Philosophy #33 (9:01 min.)

Unit 3: Normative Ethical Theories, Part II—Ethical Egoism, Utilitarianism, and Kantian Ethics

VIDEO: Ethical Egoism (5:13 min.)
VIDEO: 2 Act and Rule Utilitarianism (4:31 min.)
VIDEO: Kant Humanity Freedom (8:03 min.)

Unit 4: The Ethics of Advertising and Consumer Desire

VIDEO: 2011 AXE Body Spray Commercial—“Dumpster Diver” (0:47 min.)
VIDEO: 2013 Cadillac XTS TV Spot, ‘Headphones’ Song by Victory (0:31 min.)
VIDEO: Erik Satie—Gymnopédie No. 1 (3:36 min.)
Waide, J. (1987). Chapter 52: The making of self and world in advertising, Journal of Business Ethics, 6(2), 73–79.

Unit 5: The Ethics of Hiring and Firing

VIDEO: American History X Dinner Scene Clip (3:57 min.)
VIDEO: Top 10 Getting Fired Movie Scenes (14:27 min.)

Unit 6: The Ethics of Corporate Responsibility in Society

VIDEO: Social Responsibility Perspectives: The Shareholder and Stakeholder Approach (7:43 min.)         

Unit 7: The Ethics of the Globalization of Business

AUDIO: Krasny, Michael, O’Rourke, Dara, Maitland, Ian, Quan, Katie, & Dudley, Renee. (2013, May 6). Fast fashion, cheap clothes and the Bangladesh disaster. Forum with Michael Krasny. San Francisco: KQED Radio, National Public Radio. (51:57 min.)

Unit 8: Integrity and the Ethics of Leadership

McFall, L. (1987). Integrity. Ethics, 98(1), 5–20.
Bowie, N. (2000). A Kantian theory of leadership. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 21(4), 185–193.