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How Can I Become a Responsible Subject? Towards a Practice-Based Ethics of Responsiveness

Muhr, Sara Louise LU and Loacker, Bernadette (2009) In Journal of Business Ethics 90(2). p.265-277
Abstract
Approaches to business ethics can be roughly divided into two streams: aEuro(1)codes of behavior' and aEuro(1)forms of subjectification', with code-oriented approaches clearly dominating the field. Through an elaboration of poststructuralist approaches to moral philosophy, this paper questions the emphasis on codes of behaviour and, thus, the conceptions of the moral and responsible subject that are inherent in rule-based approaches. As a consequence of this critique, the concept of a practice-based aEuro(1)ethics of responsiveness' in which ethics is never final but rather always aEuro(1)to come', is investigated. In such an approach the ethical self is understood as being continuously constituted within power/knowledge relations.... (More)
Approaches to business ethics can be roughly divided into two streams: aEuro(1)codes of behavior' and aEuro(1)forms of subjectification', with code-oriented approaches clearly dominating the field. Through an elaboration of poststructuralist approaches to moral philosophy, this paper questions the emphasis on codes of behaviour and, thus, the conceptions of the moral and responsible subject that are inherent in rule-based approaches. As a consequence of this critique, the concept of a practice-based aEuro(1)ethics of responsiveness' in which ethics is never final but rather always aEuro(1)to come', is investigated. In such an approach the ethical self is understood as being continuously constituted within power/knowledge relations. Following this line, we ask how one can become a responsible subject while also acknowledging certain limits of full responsibility. We thereby explore responsibility as a considered but unconditional openness in response to the other. (Less)
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responsiveness, limits of responsibility, ethics of practice, subjectification, giving account
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Journal of Business Ethics
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90
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2
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265 - 277
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Springer
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1573-0697
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10.1007/s10551-009-0041-0
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
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  series       = {Journal of Business Ethics},
  title        = {How Can I Become a Responsible Subject? Towards a Practice-Based Ethics of Responsiveness},
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  volume       = {90},
  year         = {2009},
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