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Between Enterprise and EthicsBusiness and Management in a Bimoral Society$
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John Hendry

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268634

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268634.001.0001

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Technology, Liberalism, and the Weakening of Moral Constraints

Technology, Liberalism, and the Weakening of Moral Constraints

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(p.120) CHAPTER 5 Technology, Liberalism, and the Weakening of Moral Constraints
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Between Enterprise and Ethics
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268634.003.0005

This chapter explores the weakening of moral constraints that accompanied the rise of self-interest, and the growth in business power described in Chapters 3 and 4. It is argued that moral standards have not themselves declined, but that traditional moral authority — the authority of religion and the church, the state, the family — has all but collapsed. This development is rooted in the Enlightenment but has accelerated sharply, due in part to the erosion of cultural boundaries associated with globalization and its technologies of transport and communication, and to the suburbanization of society.

Keywords:   moral authority, moral decline, science, religion, globalization, suburbanization, television

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