In the Media: Xavier Landes discusses the importance of teaching ethics in business schools
Satori published a tribune written by SSE Riga Associate Professor Xavier Landes on the importance of teaching ethics in business schools, despite the often prevailing opinion that such courses (along with other 'soft skills' teachings) don't have their place in the core curriculum. In his tribune, Landes underscores that such a view generally expresses ignorance, arrogance or, worse, moral corruption.
Xavier Landes writes:
"The reflection on what is morally appropriate (and why) is crucial to any good life and fair society. Definitely, debates are legion within ethics, but controversies are not uncommon in 'hard sciences' too. In this text I defend the idea that contempt for ethics (especially under an applied form like business ethics) is worrying.
Of course, there are instances in which ethics is poorly taught. But the sweeping judgment that ethics in itself is unimportant (or could be replaced by some formula) is usually rooted in one of the following attitudes: a poor understanding of the nature of normative analysis, self-deception that one could be good at it without training, or the conviction that ethical analysis is optional in personal or professional life.
Those attitudes, in particular the last one, lay the groundwork for moral cynicism and corruption (i.e. a deep-seated disregard for morality, except for self-serving purposes), which threaten the fragile fabric of a democratic society."