Business Ethics and Professional Ethics


A book on business ethics by Dr. Jukka Kilpi






Ethics of Promise
and Promising



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Have bankrupts committed a moral wrongdoing?

The fundamental ethical problem in bankruptcy is that insolvents have promised to pay their debts but cannot keep their promise. The Ethics of Bankruptcy examines the morality of bankruptcy.

The Ethics of Bankruptcy is the first comprehensive study that employs the tools of ethics to examine the controversies surrounding insolvency, which makes valuable and sometimes controversial reading in a decade recovering from the recession.

The author compares and contrasts the Humean doctrine of promises as useful conventions with the Kantian view of autonomous agency constituting justice. The moral aspects of insolvents' contractual, fiduciary, tortious and criminal liability are explored. Finally, the author assesses recent bankruptcy law reforms.

Dr. Jukka Kilpi has extensive experience in public administration and banking and is an Associate of the Securities Institute of Australia. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Philosophy from the University of Helsinki, Finland and a doctorate from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Kilpi is Docent of Business Ethics at the University of Turku, Finland.

Professional Ethics Series

Professionalism is a subject of interest to academics, the general public and would-be professional groups. Traditional ideas of professions and professional conduct have been challenged by recent social, political and technological changes. One result has been the development for almost every profession of an ethical code of conduct, which attempts to formalise its values and standards. These codes of conduct raise a number of questions about the status of a 'profession' and the consequent moral implications for behaviour.
This series seeks to examine these questions both critically and constructively. Individual volumes will consider issues relevant to particular professions, including nursing, genetic counselling, journalism, business, the food industry and law. Other volumes will address issues relevant to all professional groups such as the function and value of a code of ethics and the demands of confidentiality.

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