TUESDAY, December 2, 2008 6:30 PM

Business Ethics and Objectivism
Lecture 3: Outline of an Objectivist Theory
Audio CD of William Kline with ppt slides
Advanced Morning Course from the 2007 Summer Seminar
We will listen to the CD and discuss.

Jackie Hazelton

What is business ethics? The answer to this question may appear to change
with the issue under scrutiny. Ethics in Globalization, CEO pay, diversity,
wages, and the environment all seem to demand a case by case analysis. This
3-lecture course critically examines the two main theories of business ethics
Stakeholder theory and Stockholder theory and then offers an Objectivist
theory of business ethics as a superior alternative.

An Objectivist Theory
I. Description of an Objectivist Business Ethics
A. Self-Interest, Rights and Human Flourishing
B. Excerpts from the writings of Ayn Rand
II. Origins of the Theory
A. Aristotle
B. Deficiencies in moral defenses of capitalism
III. Problems for the Objectivist Approach
A. Limits of self-interest
B. Conception of highest moral characters as portrayed in Rand’s novels

William Kline is the president and co-founder of the Center for Liberty
Studies. This fall, he started as an assistant professor in Liberal Studies
at the University of Illinois, Springfield. Dr. Kline holds a PH.D. in
Philosophy from Bowling Green State University and was a professor at Molloy
College and Central Michigan University.

Jackie Hazelton
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