The following questions are addressed:
- Is a purely secular business ethics irremediably deficient?
- Does a substantive business ethic require a religious and spiritual framework?
- To what extent does current business practice reflect a spiritual dimension?
- What are the various religious traditions' perspectives on the ethics of commerce?
- Can the various religious traditions generate a non-adversarial, consistent, and coherent business ethic?
- Is there a role for religion and spirituality in a global and post-modern business world?
Table of ContentsTABLE OF CONTENTS
Nicholas Capaldi / Introduction
PART I: ORIGINS AND NATURE OF THE CLASH
Tibor R. Machan / Can Commerce Inspire?
Michael C. Maibach / The Virtues of a Commercial Republic
Mark S. Markuly / Ships Passing in the Night: The Conceptual Disconnects Between American Christianity and Capitalism
Stephen V. Arbogast / "Disconnected at the Roots": How Gaps in Catholic Social Doctrine Impede Dialogue and Action on Economic Justice
Art Carden / The Market's Benevolent Tendencies
Walter Block / The Jews and Capitalism: A Love-Hate Relationship
Robert H. Nelson / Doing "Secular Theology:" Business Ethics in Economic and Environmental Religion
Kevin E. Schmiesing / Why is There a Conflict Between Business and Religion? A Historical Perspective
PART II: REGAINING HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Peter A. Redpath / The Metaphysical Foundations of the Ethics of Commerce
Seth W. Norton / The Deutronomic Double Standard: Human Nature and the Nature of Markets
William F. Campbell / What Does America Owe to Florence?
Leonard P. Liggio / Property in Roman Religion and Early Christian Fathers
Gary M Pecquet / Perestroika in Christendom: The Scholastics Develop a Commerce-Friendly Moral Code
Joseph Keckeissen / The Concern of the Church and the Unconcern of the Free Market
Harold B. Jones, Jr. The "Conflict" Between Business and Religion: Where Does It Come From?
James R. Wilburn / Capitalism Beyond the "End of History"
PART III: THREE BRIDGES
Rabbi Daniel Lapin / An Explanationfor Jewish Business Success
Rev. John Michael Beers / The Virtue of Commerce in the Catholic Tradition
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad / Islam, Commerce, and Business Ethics
PART IV: APPLICATIONS
A.A Christian (Catholic) Business Ethics
Rev. David A. Boileau / Can Theology Help Us in Applied Ethics?
Jean-Francois Orsini / The Sources and Spiritual Basis of Catholic Business Ethics
Rev. Stephen C. Rowntree / Calling, Character, Community: Spirituality for Business People
James R. Edwards, Jr. / "Mankind was my Business:" An Examination of a Christian Business Ethic and Its Applications to Various Ethical Challenges
James Cavill / Corporate Corruption: How the Theories of Reinhold Niebuhr and the Ethical Practices of Joseph Badaracco May Help Understand and Limit Corporate Corruption
Alejandro Antonio Chafuen / Corporate Social Responsibility: ATraditional Catholic Perspective
Joseph F. Johnston, Jr / Natural Law and the Fiduciary Duties of Business Managers
Peter Koslowski / The Common Good of the Firm as the Fiduciary Duty of the Manager
Gerald J. Russello / Subsidiarity as Business Model
Krishna S. Dhir / The Hindu Executive and His Dharma
PART V: GLOBALIZATION
Theodore Roosevelt Malloch / Spirituality and Entrepreneurship
Ryszard Legutko / Business, Religious Spirituality and the East European Experience
E. R. Klein / American Free Enterprise as an Enterprise in Freedom Abroad
Irfan Khawaja / Islam and Capitalism: A Non-Rodinsonian Approach
Himanshu Rai / The Role of Hinduism in Global India and Her Business Ethics
Celestina O. Isiramen / The African Traditional Religion's Business Ethics: A Paradigm for Spirituality in the Global Business Ethical Standard
Paul Chandler and Bartolomeu Romualdo / Faith-Correlated Responses to Rural Assistance in a Globalizing Brazil
Armando de la Torre / The Worldly Failures of Liberation Theology
Samuel Gregg / Globalization: Insights from Catholic Social Teaching
Gordon Lloyd / The Archbishop of Canterbury: On the Facts and Values of Religion and Globalization
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
What People are Saying About This
Alexei M. Marcoux, Graduate School of Business, Loyola University, Chicago
The writers do not deny the tensions between faith and commerce, but seek to show they are exactly that: tensions, rather than irreconcilable contradictions. They pave a path to a genuine business ethics.
Fr. Robert A. Sirico, President, The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
It is a welcome contribution to a growing body of scholarship that seeks to appreciate more fully the connection between our relationship with God and our work in the market.