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The German Enlightenment &
the teaching of business ethics
in China
Dr Robert Shaw
Graduate School of Business
Guangdong U...
2

Agenda
1. Business ethics as the development of skills
2. The skills of business ethics

3. Kant & the German Enlighten...
Abstract

3

Although he died over two-hundred years ago, the Prussian
philosopher Immanuel Kant is still pivotal in busin...
4

1. Business ethics as the
development of skills
5

Curriculum
What you teach

Confused thinking about

Knowledge / understanding / skills
Theory / practice

How you learn...
6

Curriculum
What you teach

The nature of skills
Cognitive (thinking) skills
Rationality
7

2. The skills of business ethics
The theory of ethics (which you apply to business
situations)
Classical Greek theory
A...
8

Cognitive skills

Situation
Provides the cases &
issues

Theory
Western ethics
Chinese ethics
9

3. Kant & the
German Enlightenment
Deontology

Difficult for students
Some leading premises
The importance of the Will
...
10

Immanuel Kant
Born 1724

Died 1804
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The German Enlightenment

1784
Rationality
Enlightened public
Freedom
12

Immanuel Kant
13
14
15

4. Kant & China
Community
Authority
Education system
Systems of employment
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The German Enlightenment and China

  1. 1. The German Enlightenment & the teaching of business ethics in China Dr Robert Shaw Graduate School of Business Guangdong University of Foreign Studies 28 March 2013
  2. 2. 2 Agenda 1. Business ethics as the development of skills 2. The skills of business ethics 3. Kant & the German Enlightenment 4. Kant & China
  3. 3. Abstract 3 Although he died over two-hundred years ago, the Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant is still pivotal in business ethics courses globally. His works on ethics - tracts which consider the moral imperative, universal laws, concepts of freedom, moral autonomy, and the use of reason - are indelibly a part of the foundations of modern Western ethics. Consequently, students grapple with Kantian ideas and apply them to business cases. Kant was involved in the development of modern science and he was the first to seriously address the relationship between science and moral decision-making. The presentation argues there is congruence between the German Enlightenment and modern China which reflects in the ethical reasoning of Kant and the people of China.
  4. 4. 4 1. Business ethics as the development of skills
  5. 5. 5 Curriculum What you teach Confused thinking about Knowledge / understanding / skills Theory / practice How you learn skills
  6. 6. 6 Curriculum What you teach The nature of skills Cognitive (thinking) skills Rationality
  7. 7. 7 2. The skills of business ethics The theory of ethics (which you apply to business situations) Classical Greek theory Aristotle’s theory (virtue ethics) Deontology Utilitarianism
  8. 8. 8 Cognitive skills Situation Provides the cases & issues Theory Western ethics Chinese ethics
  9. 9. 9 3. Kant & the German Enlightenment Deontology Difficult for students Some leading premises The importance of the Will Moral autonomy (compare heteronomy) The ethics of duty
  10. 10. 10 Immanuel Kant Born 1724 Died 1804
  11. 11. 11 The German Enlightenment 1784 Rationality Enlightened public Freedom
  12. 12. 12 Immanuel Kant
  13. 13. 13
  14. 14. 14
  15. 15. 15 4. Kant & China Community Authority Education system Systems of employment
  16. 16. Thank you

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