Open lecture by Chris MacDonald: Markets, managers, or commerce? Where does the 'fundamental' norms of business ethics come from?

You are kindly invited to attend the open lecture by Dr. Chris MacDonald, who is an associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, writer, speaker and consultant on ethics.

13:15 - 15:00 Thursday 12/10/2017

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a, Riga, Soros Auditorium

Joseph Heath has argued persuasively that the fundamental rules of business ethics ought to draw upon the fundamental norms of market economies.

This approach has the advantage, as Heath points out, of drawing upon norms that market participants -- business people -- already accept. But the norms of market economies are not the only, and perhaps not the most obvious, set of norms to look to here.

We might also reasonably look to the norms or commerce itself (simple dyadic transactions) or to the norms inherent in management.

This presentation explores these 3 competing frameworks, and asks what criteria we might use for establishing one as superior to the others.


Chris MacDonald teaches ethics and critical thinking at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. A philosopher by training, he is Chair of the Law & Business Department and Director of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre. His scholarly research ranges across business ethics, healthcare ethics, the ethics of technology, and philosophical ethical theory. He is author of the Business Ethics Blog ( and founder and editor of the Business Ethics Journal Review ( 


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