Frontiers of Business Ethics

Laszlo Zsolnai edits a book series "Frontiers of Business Ethics" at Peter Lang Publishers in Oxford. The series is dedicated to alternative approaches that go beyond the literature of conventional business ethics and corporate social responsibility. It aims to promote a new ethical model for transforming business into humanistic, sustainable and peaceful forms. The series publishes monographs and edited volumes with fresh ideas and breakthrough conceptions relevant for scholars and practitioners alike.

Civil Economy: Efficiency, Equity, Public Happiness

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Luigino Bruni & Stefano Zamagni Civil Economy: Efficiency, Equity, Public Happiness. Peter Lang, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien (This book may be available at: Amazon)

This volume has a double purpose. First of all, it follows an Italian tradition of thought that began in the 15th and 16th centuries as Civic Humanism and continued up until the golden period of Italian Enlightenment as represented by the Schools of Milan and Naples. Its main contribution to the history of economic thought is its conception of the market as a place centered on the principle of reciprocity and civil virtues. This book explains why the civil approach to economics disappeared from cultural debates, scientific enquiries and the public arena at the end of the 18th century, only to surface again in more recent times. Secondly, the book draws attention to a new reading of the whole of economic reality. Indeed, the civil economy in one sense is mainly a cultural perspective from which it is possible to interpret the entire economic discourse. If a theory is considered as substantially a point of view on reality, then this cultural perspective can also set the basis for a diverse economic theory.

Business within Limits: Deep Ecology and Buddhist Economics

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Laszlo Zsolnai & Knut J. Ims (eds.) Business within Limits: Deep Ecology and Buddhist Economics. Peter Lang, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2006. (This book may be available at: Amazon)

The book aims to explore the Deep Ecology perspective and Buddhist Economics for transforming business toward a more ecological and human form. Business is an existential enterprise because its decisions and policies greatly influence the fate and survival of nature, society and future generations. Ecology and ethics provide limits for business within which business is legitimate and productive. By transgressing ecological and ethical limits business activities become destructive and self-defeating.