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  • Thinking Ethics was a project launched in Geneva to foster the debate about ethics. A few friends, fed up with only reading about abuses in the media, decided to hold a forward-looking seminar on five subjects: ethics and performance, ethics and knowledge, ethics and consciousness, ethics and disobedience and ethics in real time. If moral has to do with right and wrong, then ethics is its application in society. We believe that people need to talk about the subject to determine the level of ethics they want. The book Thinking Ethics, a result of the seminar, is to start the discussion. This blog is a contribution to the conversation.


  • Andrea Spencer-Cooke
  • Pascal Marmier
  • Kelly Richdale
  • Stephen Whittle
  • Steve Bowbrick
  • Beth Krasna

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February 27, 2005



Can you teach ethics? B-schools 'teach entrepreneurialsim' which is an excerise in adverse selection. Entrepreneurs, surely, have already headed out to be entrepreneurial.

Similarly, is ethics something to be taught (like a vocational skill) or is it an introduction to a process of disputation--that is something philosophical?

As I write this I wonder about the ethics of business people I know. And they range from the totally unethical, to those who appear ethical but are in fact simply rule-followers (that is they slavish follow and exploit rules) to the ethical (who may break some rules or not expoit loopholes because they don't seem to be right).

For business folk, don't we just need to teach rule following?

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