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Ethics at Noon Series
The Center's popular lunch-hour lecture series features experts and scholars from on- and off-campus, discussing the role of ethics in many professional and academic fields.
Can a Business Have a Conscience? Reflections on the Moral Responsibility of Corporations
An exploration of the moral responsibilities of corporations and corporate conscience, by Manuel Velasquez, Charles J. Dirksen Professor of Management, Santa Clara University.
There is little dispute that an individual has a conscience, understood as a capacity for moral awareness and judgment. But what about a collection of individuals organized into a business? Such questions have gained in importance due to concerns over whether a corporation can be considered a "person," and whether a business must provide insurance coverage for practices to which its owners have religious objections (the Hobby Lobby case). Professor Velasquez, one of the top business ethicists in the country, has written on the personhood of corporations, and will offer insights on this new shape of this vexing issue.
We are fortunate to present this program in part through the generosity of the Project on Conscience in Roman Catholic Thought, funded by Phyllis and Mike Shea.
Join us on Twitter for live tweeting of the event as well!
Event hashtag: #ethicscorp, or #conscienceproject
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4/29/15 : Religious Liberty and the Culture Wars
5/7/15 : Compassion and Eating: What Our Religious Traditions Tell Us About the Food We Do and Don't Eat