Ethics of Bankruptcy

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Februar 1998



Have bankrupts committed a mortal wrongdoing? The fundamental ethical problem in bankruptcy is that insolvents have promised to pay their debts but can not keep their promise. "The Ethics of Bankruptcy" examines the morality of bankruptcy. The author explores ethical concerns raised by forgiveness, utilitarianism and distributive justice and the moral aspects of insolvents' contractual, fiduciary, tortious and criminal liability. This is the first comprehensive study that employs the tools of ethics to examine the controversies surrounding insolvency, which makes valuable and sometimes controversial reading in a decade recovering from the Recession. This text compares and contrasts the Humean doctrine of promises as useful conventions with the Kantian view of autonomous agency constituting promissory obligations. Finally, the author assesses recent bankruptcy law reforms, examining British and European modes of dealing with bankruptcy as opposed to American methods.


""The Ethics of Bankruptcy will be of interest to anyone curious to see how deeply theoretical considerations can be brought to bear on practical moral concerns. It is clearly written, with carefully developed arguments."
-"Philosophy in Review/Comptes Rendus Philosophiques
EAN: 9780415171755
ISBN: 041517175X
Untertitel: 'Professional Ethics'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 1998
Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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