The ethics of teaching business ethics: a reflective dialogue

Bruce Macfarlane, Joe DesJardins, Diannah Lowry

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This paper takes the form of a reflective dialogue between three teachers of business ethics working in different continents. Originating as a conference debate, it takes as its theme the notion of ideological ?neutrality? and the role of the business ethics teacher. A position statement outlines an argument for ?restraint? as a modern day Aristotleian mean to protect student academic freedom. Two responses follow. The first of these provides a moderate advocacy position based on Socratic principles. The second response outlines the notion of teaching as a relational process necessitating delayed disclosure and moral courage on the part of the teacher. The paper concludes with a brief reflection by the author of the position statement
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-54
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Business Ethics Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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