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‘No body to kick, no soul to damn’…and yet: The modern corporation as moral agent


2009 2009

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I argue that the large, complex, and highly organized entities typified by modern corporations are moral agents in their own right. I begin with the claim that there is such an entity, distinct from and irreducible to the individual human agents that it comprises. I then argue that this entity is capable of having beliefs and desires in its own right and acting on the basis of those intentional states. I explore different ways of understanding the relationship between the corporate entity, its intentionality, and the human members that form its base, concluding that the corporate entity is “constituted” by its members and that corporate intentionality “coincides” with its base. I then argue that the entity as I have shown it to be is capable of moral agency due to its capacities for thought and a first person perspective (though it also meets more demanding standards proposed in the literature). In the final chapter I consider difficulties with individualist accounts, and the implications for some of the serious moral issues we face today, especially the environmental ones which – I argue – can only be effectively addressed by action at the corporate level.

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Subject
Business administration;
Philosophy;
Studies;
Morality
Classification
0310: Business administration
0422: Philosophy
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Business ethics; Collective agency; Corporate social responsibility; Moral agent
Title
‘No body to kick, no soul to damn’…and yet: The modern corporation as moral agent
Author
Hess, Kendy Michelle
Number of pages
246
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0051
Source
DAI-A 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109281439
Advisor
Oddie, Graham
Committee member
Boonin, David; Heathwood, Chris; Huemer, Michael; Nielsen, Joyce
University/institution
University of Colorado at Boulder
Department
Philosophy
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3366600
ProQuest document ID
304867719
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304867719/abstract
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