A new book, co-edited by Assistant Professor and Olsson Center for Applied Ethics Senior Fellow Jared Harris, explores business ethics through the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Kantian Business Ethics features original essays by several distinguished scholars on the ethical dimensions of business using the Kantian-themed ethics of influential scholar Norman E. Bowie.
As one of the foundational figures in business ethics, Olsson Center Senior Fellow and University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business Professor Norman E. Bowie has argued that a Kantian moral personality is good for both employees and for business. German philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that moral requirements are based on a standard of rationality or as he coined it “Categorical Imperative.”
Professor R. Edward Freeman contributes an essay in which he argues that Bowie’s Kantian Capitalism concept is actually pragmatist in nature. The book also features essays by Olsson Center Fellows Ronald F. Duska, Professor Emeritus at the American College and Darden Professor Emeritus Patricia H. Werhane.