Levinas, weber, and a hybrid framework for business ethics

Payman Tajalli*, Steven Segal

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this paper we present a theoretical hybrid framework for ethical decision making, drawing upon Emmanuel Levinas’ view on ethics as “first philosophy”, as an inherent infinite responsibility for the other. The pivotal concept in this framework is an appeal to a heightened sense of personal responsibility of the moral actor to provide the ethical context within which conventional approaches to applied business ethics could be engaged. Max Weber’s method of reconciling absolutism and relativism in ethical decision making is adopted to provide the synergy between personal responsibility and contextual realities, forging a coherent framework. The paper concludes by discussing ways that business could make way for the flourishing of ethics of responsibility in individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-88
Number of pages18
JournalPhilosophy of management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2019


  • Applied ethics
  • Business ethics
  • Emmanuel Levinas
  • Max Weber
  • Responsibility


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