Monthly Archives: September 2015

Ethical ‘Blindness’ and the Tetris Effect

Sometimes when we focus on one thing, or set of things, long enough, that’s all we end up capable of seeing. When you deal with numbers all day long, the possibility exists that you’re going to start thinking exclusively in

Ethical ‘Blindness’ and the Tetris Effect

Sometimes when we focus on one thing, or set of things, long enough, that’s all we end up capable of seeing. When you deal with numbers all day long, the possibility exists that you’re going to start thinking exclusively in

Engineers & Ethics at Volkswagen

Once again, highly-educated professionals are at the centre of a major ethics scandal. At Enron, it was accountants. At VW, it’s engineers. Engineers are not just employees — they’re professionals trusted by the public to do their work properly. It’s

Engineers & Ethics at Volkswagen

Once again, highly-educated professionals are at the centre of a major ethics scandal. At Enron, it was accountants. At VW, it’s engineers. Engineers are not just employees — they’re professionals trusted by the public to do their work properly. It’s

Nothing Special About Volkswagen

If there’s nothing special about Volkswagen, in terms of its willingness to cheat, there’s probably nothing special about the auto industry in this regard, either. Granted, some industries can develop cultures that promote or at least sanction certain kinds of

Nothing Special About Volkswagen

If there’s nothing special about Volkswagen, in terms of its willingness to cheat, there’s probably nothing special about the auto industry in this regard, either. Granted, some industries can develop cultures that promote or at least sanction certain kinds of

Is CSR a Dangerous Racket? Just Look at VW!

Many people have claimed that CSR is (often? always?) a form of window-dressing designed to distract us from corporate wrongdoing or at best indifference. The VW emissions scandal provides fodder for the latest version of this accusation. Of course, what

Is CSR a Dangerous Racket? Just Look at VW!

Many people have claimed that CSR is (often? always?) a form of window-dressing designed to distract us from corporate wrongdoing or at best indifference. The VW emissions scandal provides fodder for the latest version of this accusation. Of course, what

Philosophers Discuss Drug Pricing

Here’s a great group blog posting on drug pricing, by seven philosophers. The editors of Daily Nous asked seven philosophers, all specialists in ethics, for quick insight into the recent case of Turing Pharmaceuticals, the company that notoriously raised the

Philosophers Discuss Drug Pricing

Here’s a great group blog posting on drug pricing, by seven philosophers. The editors of Daily Nous asked seven philosophers, all specialists in ethics, for quick insight into the recent case of Turing Pharmaceuticals, the company that notoriously raised the

Is Shell’s Arctic Withdrawal a Victory for Greenpeace?

Greenpeace is claiming victory, as Shell abandons a controversial drilling operation off Alaska. The reasons contributing to the decision are, apparently, many: disappointing quantities of oil and gas found, pressure from shareholders, and pressure from environmentalists. How much of a

Is Shell’s Arctic Withdrawal a Victory for Greenpeace?

Greenpeace is claiming victory, as Shell abandons a controversial drilling operation off Alaska. The reasons contributing to the decision are, apparently, many: disappointing quantities of oil and gas found, pressure from shareholders, and pressure from environmentalists. How much of a

Much Ado About Nothing: NFL to Abandon Nonprofit Status

We use the National Football League’s name and initials in two senses. One refers collectively to the 32 for-profit member franchises of the NFL. The other refers more narrowly to the league office that governs relations among the 32 member

Much Ado About Nothing: NFL to Abandon Nonprofit Status

We use the National Football League’s name and initials in two senses. One refers collectively to the 32 for-profit member franchises of the NFL. The other refers more narrowly to the league office that governs relations among the 32 member