In the Name of Profit: Profiles in Corporate by Robert L. Heilbroner, Morton Mintz, Colman McCarthy, Sanford

By Robert L. Heilbroner, Morton Mintz, Colman McCarthy, Sanford J. Ungar, Kermit Vandivier, Saul Friedman, James Boyd

Hardcover initially released in 1972.

Said One govt:
"Why should still my sense of right and wrong trouble me?"

Here are dramatic actual tales of executives whose wish for revenue leads them into shameful judgements.

Naming real government of significant American businesses, the authors painting company irresponsibility in human time period. One government is proven as he orders his subordinates to faux a lab record, even supposing the outcome can be death. Others are proven as they bribe a urban legitimate, as they knowingly promote a perilous drug, as they increase themselves through betraying their stockholders.

These males are usually not the customary fast-buck artists, the petty cheats who may be disregarded as "bad apples." The authors exhibit themselves as stable electorate, trained and well-respected. but during enterprise they simply yield to ambition, avarice or the company tradition. And often, when they are uncovered, they're promoted by way of their companies.

Together those profiles, them all written specifically for this e-book, provide lifestyles to questions raised by way of books resembling the USA, Inc. and The Greening of America:

· what sort of males run a few super-corporations?
· How can "good men" behave so badly"
· Does operating for a company suggest violating one's judgment of right and wrong?

After the entire tales are instructed, the intense economist and social critic Robert L. Heilbroner deals a bankruptcy of standpoint. First he confronts a few of the positions on company responsibility--at one severe, breaking apart the massive organisations; on the different, leaving govt completely unfastened to maximise gains. after which he cuts via to the realities if the problem, exhibiting us the place the simplest probability of therapy lies.

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65 Indeed, in On Style pseudo-Demetrius warns against writing letters that are really just treatises with a greeting at the beginning and a farewell at the end, citing many of the Platonic letters as examples of this poor practice (228). In any case, it would seem that merely being a consolation or a letter of advice, for example, is not sufficient in itself for a letter to be ‘philosophical’; so what else is needed? In On Style pseudo-Demetrius provides some help as he offers stylistic guidelines for discussing philosophical matters in letters: some topics such as logic and physics are not appropriate for letters (230–1); a letter should not be too long or resemble a treatise (228, 234) – rather it should be composed as one side of a conversational dialogue, although the wording should be formal (223–7); a plain and elegant style should be employed (235); a letter should convey the character of the author (227, 231–2; 64 65 Pseudo-Demetrius demarcates the twenty-one types of letter by virtue of their function.

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