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Individualethik oder Institutionenethik : die Resozialisierung des homo oeconomicus

Individual ethics or institutional ethics : resocialization of homo oeconomicus
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Weise, Peter

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Abstract "Der Aufsatz untersucht, welche menschlichen Handlungen als individualethisch bezeichnet werden können und welches Verhalten als durch Institutionen bewirktes ethisches Verhalten gelten könnte. Es wird argumentiert, dass ein ethisches Verhalten im eigentlichen Sinne immer nur individualethisch sein kann. Die als Institutionenethik bezeichnete Koordination des Verhaltens durch Märkte oder Normen lässt keinen Spielraum für individuelles Ermessen und entbindet den Menschen damit von selbstbestimmtem moralischen Verhalten." (Autorenreferat)

"The aim of this paper is twofold. It discusses which behaviour can be viewed as Individual Ethics and in which circumstances one can speak of Institutional Ethics. It is argued that only Individual Ethics can be interpreted as actual ethical behaviour. Institutional Ethics - that is, the coordination of human beings by markets or normative regulations - leaves no room for individual judgements and, therefore, prevents a deliberate moral behaviour. A functioning Individual Ethic has the advantage of having a socially costless consideration for the general well-being. Yet, there are situations, regulated by markets or norms; either because the regulation lies within the logic of the institution (compensation via market prices) or because there seems to be a need to enforce some kind of behaviour (law). In such cases, however, the Individual Ethic's 'natural' propensity for ethical behaviour is endangered and Institutional Ethics can be far more costly to enforce." (author's abstract)
Keywords individual; ethics; business ethics; morality; action; market; social norm; institution; barter; economic relations
Classification Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Economics; Philosophy, Ethics, Religion
Method basic research
Document language German
Publication Year 2000
Page/Pages p. 9-35
Journal Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik, 1 (2000) 1
ISSN 1439-880X
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications