The principle of justice: Is it ethical to fire employees who are on a...

Recently, I was interviewed for a national TV network’s local evening news on a case of two women who had been fired by their...

The deep-seated suspicion of self-interest

All living beings pursue their self-interest: their survival. Evolution has programmed most species to do that automatically, within the context of their knowledge. A...

Who should you hire—and how to get hired?

At a recent Objectivist conference (OCON), Lars Christensen, a co-founder of the Danish investment bank Saxo Bank, gave a presentation about the influence of...

Virtue of business: productiveness

At best, business is dismissed as amoral. Or at worst, it is accused for being fundamentally immoral. Many people disdain business as the realm...

Why be moral? Your life depends on it!

To say that many people are confused about morality is an understatement. Yet, our lives depend on getting morality right. As an example of...

Reasons to reject humility

WordPress provided a year-end statistical review of my blog for 2014. One of the most viewed posts was “Why humility is not a virtue,”...

Virtuous egoism

You have heard this before: you are either good, or you are selfish. For the majority of people, virtuous egoism is an oxymoron: they...

Why we should be selfish

I am teaching a business ethics course to MBA students where we cover the main moral codes, such as altruism (the morality of self-sacrifice)...

Lesson from Brian Williams’ dishonesty: Faking is futile—and hazardous

I am not writing to attack the lying NBC news anchor Brian Williams, although his fictional story about being in a helicopter that was...

Pragmatism: A perilous approach to business

If you think that the best approach to business is to be pragmatic, think again. Pragmatism is widely considered a virtue in business, but...

Why businesspeople need moral principles

I recently received feedback from the students in my MBA business ethics course earlier this year. While a number of them were enthusiastic in...

Why be moral? Your life depends on it

To say that many people are confused about morality is an understatement. Yet, our lives depend on getting morality right. As an example of...