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(p. v) Preface

(p. v) Preface

When Oxford University Press asked us to prepare a volume on business ethics, we eagerly agreed. We believe that business ethics is deserving of much greater attention by philosophers and ethicists than it has received. To this end, we have solicited chapters from leading philosophers who have made important contributions to our understanding of central issues in business ethics. This volume is unabashedly aimed at those who seek a philosophical approach to these issues. This focus does not exclude the practical implications and importance of these essays, but it does mean that the conceptual, theoretical, and normative nature of the issues discussed is given precedence in this volume.

The chapters in this Handbook are all original essays that develop prominent areas of business ethics. The reader will note that the authors come from the full spectrum of views on business ethics—from those who place special emphasis on individual liberty to those who give more emphasis to the social context of business. Though business ethics has come a great distance from its founding a half century ago, it still has much further to go. We hope that these essays will be useful to the readers of this volume and help spur additional work in business ethics that will continue the development of this intellectually rich and important field.

The preparation of this volume has taken several years. We greatly appreciate the willingness of several of our authors who have encountered personal difficulties to persist through them and complete their work. We are likewise grateful for the readiness of all our authors to go through numerous drafts of their chapters as this book was being brought to completion.

Washington, D.C.GGB

July, 2009TLB (p. vi)