By Dag G. Aasland
Whereas at the present time many show astonishment at ‘ethical scandals’ in company, during this vital new ebook Dag G. Aasland asks why, in capitalist economies, such scandals should not extra universal or maybe the norm. Taking his lead from the moral philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, this booklet proposes a thoroughgoing reconsideration of the that means of ethics and financial system. This elegantly written textual content bargains a transparent assertion of the significance of a Levinasian ethics of the opposite for pondering via and past the boundaries and patience of financial rationality. This e-book invitations readers to step past the enclosure of commercial ethics and takes us past ‘business as ordinary’ but additionally past ‘ethics as ordinary’
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There must be something in humanity which causes our negative reactions to such acts. Whether it comes from inside or outside the individual (or maybe from a combination of the two), in any case it comes from a place outside the logic of any self-regulating systems. This is why one can also speak about ‘ethics in business’, as a phenomenon taking place between people in organizations, but which does not fit the descriptions of ‘object rationality’ and instrumental knowledge. It is exactly this side of humanity that I try to trace in this book.
Such self-centred considerations cannot be regarded as any kind of ethics. The most important thing for the company, and for the business community, is that if the decision makers had had a sufficient knowledge of business management, including knowledge in ‘ethics for business’, which is also a kind of self-centred management, or, rather, if it had been possible to have such knowledge, there would have been no scandals. Within this frame of understanding there is always a right answer, a right strategy, which is both acceptable and suitable for the purpose, and consistent, and by consequence would have been sufficient to avoid any scandals.
I at least can see no other. And so – so I cry off our bargain at once. Now you can choose your own path in perfect – perfect freedom. ELLIDA (stares at him a while as if stricken dumb) Is it true – true what you say? Do you mean that – mean it with all your heart? WANGEL Yes – with all my sorrowing heart – I mean it. 48 Subjectivity of Literature ELLIDA And can you do it? Can you let it be so? WANGEL Yes, I can. Because I love you so dearly. ELLIDA (in a low, trembling voice) And have I come so near – so close to you?
Ethics and Economy: After Levinas by Dag G. Aasland