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The Moral Responsibility of Corporations1

  • Ken Hanly (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 April 2010

This paper examines the concept of moral responsibility as it applies to the actions of corporations. I argue that it is both conceptually and morally appropriate to hold corporations morally responsible for some of their actions, and I attempt to show that arguments to the contrary are unsound. Although I hold that corporations may legitimately be held morally responsible I also argue that one can expect capitalist corporations to follow moral principles only to a rather limited extent.

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Manuel G. Velasquez , “Why Corporations Are Not Morally Responsible for Anything They Do,” Business and Professional Ethics Journal, 2 (Spring 1983), p. 14, 6–17

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
  • URL: /core/journals/dialogue-canadian-philosophical-review-revue-canadienne-de-philosophie
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