What are Ethicists Doing in Corporations?
This paper focuses on the following questions: What exactly is the function of an ethicist in a company or in its ethics committee? What should he or she do in this environment What are the limits of their actions? It is argued that the legitimate role of the ethicist is not primarily that of an expert in moral philosophy, but rather that of an advisor whose contribution consists in helping the company to meet certain key conditions that allow the company to genuinely address ethical issues. Other roles will be distinguished as well. They can be characterized as vacillating from the one extreme, where an ethicist acts as a moralizing guide to another extreme where they play the role of a facilitator.
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