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Ethics in the Economy

    In his article in Journal of Markets & Morality (2003. No. 2. pp. 693-695)  Richard F. Von Dohlen reviews our book “Ethics in the Economy: Handbook of Business Ethics” (edited by Laszlo Zsolnai, 2002, Oxford, Peter Lang Academic Publishers).

    Business Responsibility for Future Generations

      Laszlo Zsolnai gave a keynote presentation on Business Responsibility for Future Generations in the „New Economy, Old Traditions: Caring Entrepreneurship” international conference in September 4-6, 2017 in Tel Aviv University, Israel.He was arguing that future generations should be considered as a primodial stakeholder of business. This obligation should be reflected in the goals, priorities, policies, and impact assesment practices of business organizations. Improving the position of future generations enhances the future of the present generations… Read More »Business Responsibility for Future Generations

      Economic Actors and the Ultimate Goal of the Economy

        Laszlo Zsolnai gave a presentation on „Economic Actors and the Ultimate Goal of the Economy” at the Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford on July 7-8, 2017. He argued that mainstream economics employs a rather simplified picture of economic systems. Economic actors are grouped into three categories, namely individuals/households, firms, and the state. Among these actors only monetized transactions are considered. The ultimate goal of the economy is defined as maximization of individual… Read More »Economic Actors and the Ultimate Goal of the Economy

        Science and Ethics

          Laszlo Zsolnai was lecturing on Science and Ethics on June 23, 2017 in Budapest at Karoli Gaspar University. He argued that today’s science is captured by big business and commercial interests often distort the search for the truth. Cases of distortions are (i) presenting something which is untrue, (ii) rejecting something which is true, (iii) wrongly defining research problems, and (iv) developing biased research agendas. Solutions include independent, concerned and reflective scholarship open to spiritual… Read More »Science and Ethics

          Business Ethics for the Anthropocene

            On May 29, 2017 Laszlo Zsolnai was lecturing on business ethics in the Athropocene at the Technical University of Munich. His main propositions were as follows: (1) The currently unsustainable state of the Earth is largely due to the  activities of business, so reconsidering the role of business in society and nature is unavoidable. (2) Without transforming business into a progressive social institution, which respects nature, future generations and the common good of society there… Read More »Business Ethics for the Anthropocene

            Blackfriars, Oxford

              On May 4, 2017 Peter Rona and Laszlo Zsolnai presented their book on Economics as a Moral Science at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. The presentation was introduced by Richard Finn, OP, the Director of Las Casas Institute for Social Justice.

              Alternative Development for India and for the Rest of the World

                The Center for Ethics of University of Antwerp and the European SPES Institute organized a European SPES workshop at the Antwerp Management School on December 17, 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium.  At the workshop Laszlo Zsolnai presented the book Ethical Leadership: Indian and European Spiritual Approaches (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016). He argued that alternative development models are needed for India and the rest of the world. India and Europe should embrace their own noble traditions and seek to cross-fertilize one another to… Read More »Alternative Development for India and for the Rest of the World

                Business Ethics for the Anthropocene

                  With Knut Ims (Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen) and Antonio Tencati (University of Brescia and Bocconi University Milan) Laszlo Zsolnai gave a presentation on Business Ethics for the Anthropocene in the 9th TransAtlantic Business Ethics Conference in September 28 – October 1 at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. The paper argues that the currently unsustainable state of the Earth (rightly called the “Athropocene”) is largely due to business, so reconsidering the role of… Read More »Business Ethics for the Anthropocene

                  Integral Ecology, Frugality and the Intrinsic Value of Nature

                    Laszlo Zsolnai was lecturing on Integral Ecology, Frugality and the Intrinsic Value of Nature in the Annual European SPES Conference “Integral Ecology, Earth Spirituality and Economics” in May 27-29, 2016 at the University of Nordland, in Bodo, Norway. He presented the main economic messages of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Laudato si” and argued that Decisions and policies should serve the Commonwealth of Life which requires making qualitative and multiperspective considerations and the proper use of… Read More »Integral Ecology, Frugality and the Intrinsic Value of Nature

                    Prudence in Management and Economic Wisdom

                      In the international workshop “Virtues and Vices in Economics and Business” held at the Institute of Philosophy of Catholic University of Leuven in June 19-20, 2015 in Leuven, Belgium Laszlo Zsolnai presented a paper on Prudence in Management and Economic Wisdom. He started with the definition of wisdom developed by psychologist Robert J. Sternberg as „the application of successful intelligence and creativity toward the common good through a balancing of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and extrapersonal interests over the… Read More »Prudence in Management and Economic Wisdom