Alternative Approaches to Applied Ethics: A Response to Carson's Critique
Philosophy and Religion
Tom Carson's recent paper on "Deception and Withholding Information in Sales" contains a critique of my contribution to sales ethics. In this response I outline the approach I develop in two earlier papers and address the four criticisms Carson makes. These criticisms are largely based on a misunderstanding of my position. I suggest that our fundamentally different approaches to applied ethics may lie at the root of Carson's misunderstanding. Carson uses what I call a theory-application model in which the search for justification in terms of fundamental rules is central, while I attempt to contextualize ethical judgments and consider alternative ways of structuring social roles. In contrasting these approaches I raise the question of which way of doing applied ethics is likely to be more fruitful.
Business Ethics Quarterly
Holley, D. M.
(2002). Alternative Approaches to Applied Ethics: A Response to Carson's Critique. Business Ethics Quarterly, 12(1), 73-82.
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