Taylor-ing Ethics: Implications of Charles Taylor's Work of Retrieval on Moral Foundations Theory

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This article draws from Charles Taylor's work of retrieval to advance moral foundations theory (MFT). Taylor's contribution to MFT lies in his insistence that we retrieve the moral sources that have helped constitute, substantiate, and give meaning to individuals' moral sensibilities. Applying Taylor's insights to MFT, this article seeks to advance a view of moral foundations that connects them more explicitly to their underlying moral sources. Using this retrieved account of moral foundations, this article then addresses current issues within moral foundations research and theory. Finally, this article suggests ways in which Taylor's philosophy can contribute to three areas within business ethics: ethical leadership, behavioral ethics, and ethics pedagogy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-681
Number of pages27
JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 24 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Philosophy
  • Economics and Econometrics

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