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Business and Professional Ethics Journal

Volume 34, Issue 3, Fall 2015

Jennifer Kiefer Fenton
Pages 329-351
DOI: 10.5840/bpej201534340

"Anyone Can Be Angry, That’s Easy"
A Normative Account of Anti-Corporate Anger

Literature in feminist ethics and care ethics has emphasized the value of the emotions for resisting injustice, particularly anger, on the basis of their motivational force, epistemic insight, and normative content. I point to flaws in this approach and introduce an Aristotelian account of anti-corporate anger that establishes normative conditions for which to (1) evaluate the justifiability of the target of negative emotions and (2) evaluate the justifiability of the expression of negative emotions. I look to this account as the basis for defending a corporate culture account of corporate moral personhood. In closing I consider the Occupy Wall Street movement for further insights into the complex nature of anti-corporate anger and corporate moral personhood.