IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/rai/ethics/doi_10.1688-1862-0043_zfwu_2010_03_asslaender.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

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’)

Author

Listed:
  • Michael S. Asslaender
  • Hans G. Nutzinger

Abstract

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.)

Suggested Citation

  • Michael S. Asslaender & Hans G. Nutzinger, 2010. "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 ‘Econo," Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik - Journal for Business, Economics & Ethics, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 11(3), pages 226-248.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:ethics:doi_10.1688/1862-0043_zfwu_2010_03_asslaender
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://www.hampp-verlag.de/hampp_e-journals_zfwu.htm#310
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Fehr, Ernst & Falk, Armin, 2002. "Psychological foundations of incentives," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 46(4-5), pages 687-724, May.
    2. Bruno S. Frey, 2002. "Liliput oder Leviathan? Der Staat in der globalisierten Wirtschaft," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 3(4), pages 363-375, November.
    3. Ronnie Schöb und Joachim Weimann & Joachim Weimann, 2003. "Kombilohn: Die Magdeburger Alternative," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 4(1), pages 1-17, February.
    4. Hans-Werner Sinn & Christian Holzner & Wolfgang Meister & Wolfgang Ochel & Martin Werding, 2002. "Aktivierende Sozialhilfe - Ein Weg zu mehr Beschäftigung und Wachstum," ifo Schnelldienst, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 55(09), pages 03-52, May.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item

    Keywords

    Anreizsysteme; Gefangenendilemma; Handlungspraeferenz; Handlungsbeschraenkung; oekonomische Ethik; Rahmenordnung; Spielregeln; Spielverstaendnis; Verhaltenssteuerung;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • B40 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - General
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • P11 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:rai:ethics:doi_10.1688/1862-0043_zfwu_2010_03_asslaender. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Rainer Hampp). General contact details of provider: http://www.hampp-verlag.de/ .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.