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Ethics and the Future of Capitalism


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Chapter 1, Against Market Fundamentalism: 'The Capitalist Threat' Reconsidered, by George Soros, Olivier Giscard d'Estaing and others, is the edited and extended version of the public debate with Soros on his influential paper The Capitalist Threat. Chapter 2, Ethics of Capitalism, by Peter Koslowski, follows the thesis that capitalism constitutes a necessary component of a free society. Chapter 3, Misunderstood and Abused Liberalism, by Lubomir Mlcoch, focuses on the problems of Czech-style capitalism. Chapter 4, Humanizing the Economy by Stefano Zamagni, investigates the role of civil society in relation to the market and the state. Chapter 5, The Possibility of Stakeholder Capitalism, by Edward R. Freeman, argues that stakeholder relationships are a key to understanding the functioning of business in today's world. Chapter 6, Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Ethicality in Business and Management, by Wojciech W. Gasparski, introduces the praxiology tradition in the debate about ethical aspects of capitalism. Chapter 7, Responsibility and Profit Making, by Lszszl3/4 Zsolnai, explores the conditions for ethical and social acceptability of profit making.Collectively, this volume addresses the ethical problems of the capitalist economy with special reference to globalization, and suggests that business ethics and the future of capitalism are strongly connected. It will be of particular interest to business people, economists, policy makers, social scientists and students of philosophy and ethics.Lszszl3/4 Zsolnai is director of the Business Ethics Center at Budapest University of Economic Sciences and is SzUchenyi Distinguished Professor in Ethics and Economics, awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Education. Wojciech W. Gasparski is professor at the Insititute of Philosophy and Sociology, the Polish Academy of Sciences, and editor-in-chief of the Praxiology series.

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