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Business Ethics Quarterly

Volume 7, Issue 4, October 1997

Eleonora Curlo, Alan Strudler
Pages 27-39
DOI: 10.2307/3857207

Cognitive Pathology and Moral Judgment in Managers

We examine the moral and managerial significance of some empirical studies in cognitive psychology. We suggest that these results may plausibly be interpreted as expressing deontological commitments of experimental subjects, even though psychologists who discuss the results seem to suppose that they show that people are irrational consequentialists. We argue that the plausibility of our interpretation suggests how managers who wish to take seriously entrenched social views on morality might best craft corporate policy on corporate responsibility, and we suggest that the form of argument we employ may be regarded as a kind of appeal to reflective equilibrium.

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