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Ethics and Economy: After Levinas

Ethics and Economy: After Levinas

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While today many express astonishment at ‘ethical scandals’ in business, in this important new book Dag G. Aasland asks why, in capitalist economies, such scandals are not more common or even the norm. Taking his lead from the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, this book proposes a thoroughgoing reconsideration of the meaning of ethics and economy. This elegantly written text offers a clear statement of the importance of a Levinasian ethics of the Other for thinking through and beyond the limits and persistence of economic rationality. This book invites readers to step beyond the enclosure of business ethics and takes us beyond ‘business as usual’ but also beyond ‘ethics as usual’.
While today many express astonishment at ‘ethical scandals’ in business, in this important new book Dag G. Aasland asks why, in capitalist economies, such scandals are not more common or even the norm. Taking his lead from the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, this book proposes a thoroughgoing reconsideration of the meaning of ethics and economy. This elegantly written text offers a clear statement of the importance of a Levinasian ethics of the Other for thinking through and beyond the limits and persistence of economic rationality. This book invites readers to step beyond the enclosure of business ethics and takes us beyond ‘business as usual’ but also beyond ‘ethics as usual’.

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After Levinas Dag G. Aasland
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Ethics and Economy
Dag G. Aasland
Emmanuel Levinas is rapidly becoming recognized as one of the most impor-tant ethical philosophers of the twentieth century, if not of the entire modernperiod. The impact of his original and powerful claim that “ethics is
rst phi-losophy” is now spreading through the humanities and social sciences, especiallypsychology, education and political theory. It is only natural, then, and welcome,that we begin to re-think economics and business ethics aided and enriched byhis perspicacious insights.’ Richard A. Cohen, University at Buffalo (SUNY)‘Rather than succumbing to the easy temptation to blame business leaders foranything that went wrong in recent years, Aasland looks for the remnants of good in business as such. This leads him to ask the right questions: one should,for example, not ask why a leader did the wrong thing but why such a leader didnot do it. A thought-provoking and hugely original essay is the outcome of thisapproach.’ René ten Bos, Radboud University, The NetherlandsWhile today many express astonishment at ‘ethical scandals’ in business, in thisimportant new book Dag G. Aasland asks why, in capitalist economies, suchscandals are not more common or even the norm. Taking his lead from theethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, this book proposes a thoroughgoingreconsideration of the meaning of ethics and economy. This elegantly writtentext offers a clear statement of the importance of a Levinasian ethics of theOther for thinking through and beyond the limits and persistence of economicrationality. This book invites readers to step beyond the enclosure of businessethics and takes us beyond ‘business as usual’ but also beyond ‘ethics as usual’.
Dag G. Aasland
is Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Working Life and Innovation at the University of Agder, Norway. For the lastfew years his teaching and research has concentrated on ethics in business andmanagement, especially from the perspective of the works of Levinas.
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Today, at one and the same time, scholarly publishing is drawn in twodirections. On the one hand, this is a time of the most excitingtheoretical, political and artistic projects that respond to and seek tomove beyond global administered society. On the other hand, thepublishing industries are vying for total control of the ever-lucrativearena of scholarly publication, creating a situation in which the means ofdistribution of books grounded in research and in radical interrogationof the present are increasingly restricted. In this context, MayFlyBookshas been established as an independent publishing house, publishingpolitical, theoretical and aesthetic works on the question oforganization. MayFlyBooks publications are published under CreativeCommons license free online and in paperback. MayFlyBooks is a not-for-profit operation that publishes books that matter, not because theyreinforce or reassure any existing market.1.
 
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