Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society

Volume 15, 2004

Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Meeting

J. (Hans) van Oosterhout, Ben Wempe, Theo van Willigenburg
Pages 91-99

ISCT and the Call for Practical Guidance

The call for practical guidance is a catch phrase for a widespread tendency among present theories of business ethics. Many of these explicitly seek to provide very detailed and concrete instructions for business practioncrs. We argue that on the whole this quest for practical guidance is based on a misapprehension of what applied normative theories can realistically achieve. This concern is further elaborated with special reference to the current paradigm of contractarian business ethics, Donaldson and Dunfee’s Integrative Social Contracts Theory (ISCT).

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