What Our Readers Say

Prof Don Ross (Dean of Commerce and Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town, Program Director for Methodology at the Center for Economic Analysis of Risk, Georgia State University) writes:

"This book stands out from the competition by being grounded in real issues that contemporary businesspeople - and their regulators, and customers - actually worry about and wonder how to think clearly about. So it's not just for students signed into courses; executives, junior and senior will also benefit from reading it."

Jonathan Wolff (Dean of Arts & Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at University College London) writes:

"I was not at all looking forward to opening a book called 'Business Ethics' although the sub-title '& other paradoxes' gives an intriguing clue about its approach and style. As it turns out, it is quite unlike many texts on business ethics, which are written by rather world-weary business school academics, used to focusing on practical dilemmas of business. It is written by philosophers who can think, who can write in a fresh, clear and amusing style, and have the skill to show how high level, abstract, philosophical thought helps illuminate the moral ground on which business takes place. Business cannot isolate itself from wider moral and political questions: for example modern business assumes that property rights have a moral foundation, and left to itself it is likely to widen inequalities. This book helps show that business ethics is not only about fair dealing between business people. It does not neglect the micro-issues of business ethics that other texts discuss, but rather situates them in the context of centuries of sophisticated philosophical discussion. It is an ideal textbook for those who see courses on business ethics as having a dual purpose: not only to educate students about how to conduct themselves in business, but also to introduce them to philosophical thought and reasoning."

Tessa Minter (CA(SA) and Deputy Dean (Academic) of Commerce at the University of Cape Town) writes:

"An amazing text that is unusual in the way that it combines the demanding intellectual rigour of the discipline with the accessibility of the content through considered use of context and language suitable for a diverse audience in terms of academic level and background... The discussion questions are so pedagogically sound and scaffolded that one cannot avoid learning and enjoying the journey. I believe that Chapter 5 should be required reading for all University students irrespective of discipline. Definitely a book to be recommended to professional colleagues, friends and students alike. A rare achievement."