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Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA 01075-1461)
James Hartley (Project Director: September 2014 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on Business and Morality

The development and teaching of a new undergraduate course on the morality of business activity.

This grant will help with the development of a course entitled "Is Business Moral?", which will be an alternative to traditional business ethics courses. Organized historically, the course will look at what philosophers and novelists argued about business ethics starting with Athens and Jerusalem (Aquinas), proceeding through the English Financial Revolution (Mandeville), the Industrial Revolution (Dickens), the Gilded Age (Alger), and the Progressive Era (Dreiser), and into contemporary society (Wolfe). In order to teach this course, I would like to expand my knowledge to include the secondary literature by historians, philosophers, and literary analysts about the framing of this debate outside of economics. Similarly, it would be beneficial to explore how to incorporate non-Western thought into the course. The course will be taught at Mount Holyoke in Spring 2015 and then again in either Spring 2016 or Spring 2017.

Project fields:
Economic History; Ethics; Intellectual History

Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$22,000 (approved)
$22,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 5/31/2018