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2018-09-14

What is morality, actually?

You legitimate questions on the relationship between the economy and morality – such as, for example, on the subject of business ethics – then the concept of morality needs to be illuminated.

What is held at a certain time in a certain society in General, as an action, condition, or attitude, for good and desirable or evil and forbidden, is referred to collectively as the ruling morality.

The Moral is the “for the existence of the human constitutive … basic normative framework for the behavior, especially to the fellow human beings but also to nature and to himself”. Visible, the morality is, especially in the action of norms (rules, regulations, guiding principles). Normative ideas but also in standards of Value, meaning, ideas, models as well as the Constitution of public institutions. The Moral is against the etiquette (table manners, forms of Address, etc.) and the traditions (eg. Holiday customs).


In comparison to the etiquette and customs of the morality, more important, more fundamental aspects of the behavior, with a greater degree of liability is regulated and the regulations, therefore, a stronger justification is required. The boundaries, however, are not always clear, because how much a company trusts that the inherited customs and traditions are valid, important, and binding, in turn, is a matter of prevailing morality.

In a modern society, of tolerance, and the ability to take criticism is highly appreciated, always apply more standards of conduct as a relatively non-binding conventions, customs and traditions. As history has become a concrete form of life, the morality is always only more or less appropriate, and must remain open to criticism and change.

This post is an excerpt from the new book on corporate ethics.

Was ist eigentlich Moral?How can be implemented the business ethics as a Management responsibility? A stronger orientation of the corporate guide on the guiding principle of a life-serving economy is more and more demanded. Elisabeth Gödel discusses the philosophical foundations of ethics and clarifies the relationship of ethics and Economics. The focus is on the institutionalisation of ethics is on the level of the individual company.

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