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Showing papers in "The Ruffin Series in Business Ethics in 1994"






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TL;DR: The use of cases as the only means of teaching business ethics has been criticised by as discussed by the authors, who argue that the use of case-based approaches is not the only way to teach business ethics.
Abstract: I started doing research on casuistry in the mid-1980s, when I was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Business School. Despite the fact that I have written and used many cases in my courses, I have never been sold on the use of cases as the only means of teaching business ethics. My colleague at Harvard, Kenneth Goodpaster, suggested that I look into casuistry. I did some poking around but then dropped the subject. A few years later, I was invited to give a Ruffin Lecture at the Darden School and I used that opportunity to delve into casuistry. By then, I had the benefit of Albert Jonson and Stephen Toulmin’s book, The Abuse of Casuistry: A History of Moral Reasoning (1988). Casuistry fit with my interest in history and the role of imagination in ethics. Studying it helped me understand what it was that bothered me about the case method. My research for this paper took me from Plato’s commentary on the sophists, to the Jesuits, the English Casuists, the early advice column writers in magazines, the “scruple shops” at Oxford, and the 18th century texts used to teach about ethics and business at Yale.

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