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Der systematische Ort der Moral ist die Ethik! Einige kritische Anmerkungen zur oekonomischen Ethik Karl Homanns (Ethics is the Systematic Place of Morality! A Critical Comment on Karl Homann’s ‘Economic Ethics’)

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  • Michael S. Asslaender
  • Hans G. Nutzinger
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    Mit Blick auf die Funktionslogik moderner Wirtschaftsgesellschaften zielt Karl Homanns Ansatz einer „oekonomischen Ethik“ auf die Rekonstruktion der Moral „in terms of economics“, um so moralische Forderungen direkt in die Funktionslogik der Oekonomie integrieren zu koennen. Moral, so die zentrale These Homanns, laesst sich nur durch die Implementierung allgemein verpflichtender Regeln auf Ebene einer Rahmenordnung durchsetzen, die alle Akteure in gleicher Weise bindet. Jedoch bewirkt diese Verschiebung moralischer Anforderungen ausschliesslich auf die Makroebene der Rahmenordnung und die damit einhergehende Bewertung moralischer Forderungen nach ihrer oekonomischen Nuetzlichkeit, dass Homann die Bedeutung individueller Moral gerade auch in der modernen Gesellschaft unterschaetzt und diese systematisch aus seinem Ansatz ausblendet. Indessen gilt es, so die Argumentation unseres Beitrages, die Bedeutung individueller Moral auch im Kontext der Wirt-schafts- und Unternehmensethik neu zu ueberdenken und ihr erneut einen systematischen Stellenwert zuzuweisen. (In consideration of the functional logic of modern economic societies Karl Homann’s approach of “Economic Ethics” aims at recon-structing morality in terms of economics by integrating moral demands into the logic of economic theories. According to Homann, morality in modern economic societies depends on the ability to enforce moral norms by formal regulations binding all actors to commonly accepted norms the same manner. But, by shifting moral considerations exclusively to the macro-level of a political frame order and assessing moral regulations solely according to their economic usefulness, Homann misses the point of which role morality plays even in the modern society and systematically fades out the importance of individual morality. In this article we plead for reconsidering the important role of individual morality and replacing it into the systematic context of business ethics.)

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    Article provided by Rainer Hampp Verlag in its journal Zeitschrift fuer Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 226-248

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    Handle: RePEc:rai:ethics:doi_10.1688/1862-0043_zfwu_2010_03_asslaender
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