Q2 Section (01)
Can Programs be (Legal) Agents? (06..06.14)
In view of our discussion in class this afternoon, the following article by philosopher Samir Chopra (Brooklyn College, CUNY) is almost too tasty:
Computer Programs are People, Too (The Nation, 05.29.14)
The Corporation (2003) (06.03.14)
Since I'll be making mention of their views a few lectures hence--and since, in my experience, it is bound to come up--I include below the 2003 documentary film The Corporation, written by UBC law professor Joel Bakan and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. As it happens, I don't endorse the main argument presented in the film, but it certainly is an interesting thesis and definitely worth considering in connection with arguments from Peter French and Patricia Werhane concerning the purported moral agency of corporations.
CEO Pay in Canada (06.02.14)
Since the topic will be coming up in a few days, I thought I'd pass along the following, which is more or less self-explanatory:
Pay is on the Rise for Canada's Top Executives, Globe and Mail, June 1, 2014
Also, for fun, see how long it takes top Canadian executives to make your annual salary:
Interactive: How long does it take Canada's top CEOs to make your entire salary?, Globe and Mail, June 2, 2014
Apparently Gerald Schwartz (ONEX Corporation) makes my salary in less than two hours.
T1 Section (M01)
Video Link: The Corporation (10.10.08)
in class today (it had to come up sooner or later): The 2003
Canadian documentary film The Corporation. Quite a
few of the views presented in the film are at least debatable.
Nonetheless, at a minimum, the film provides a very useful,
very interesting, and highly entertaining overview of some the
issues that we've discussed in class in connection with corporate
moral and social responsibility. Turns out, no surprise, you
can watch the whole thing online:
Directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott, written by Joel
Worth a watch while you are digesting your turkey this weekend
(assuming that sort of carnivorous behaviour is your cup of
the free market corrode moral character? (06.10.08)
As Chris MacDonald reports on The
Business Ethics Blog, that's the topic of a recent online
symposium sponsored by the John
Templeton Foundation. It's certainly worth a look for anyone
interested in the topic. Moreover, Chris's blog is an excellent
source of topics and material for the term paper assignment
in this course.
the free market corrode moral character?
(Chris MacDonald, The Business Ethics Blog, 06.10.08)
Supplementary Material: Friedman in His Prime (29.09.08)
link below points to a 1975 video from Open
Mind, featuring Milton Friedman at perhaps the height of
his rhetorical powers. There are several interesting aspects
to the video. For instance, the completely unselfconscious use
of the term "man" when referring both to human beings
in general and to individual workers. Also, the weird dissonant
theme music and modernism-on-a-budget, Brancusi-esque opening
graphics--you just don't see that sort of thing any more. Perhaps
the most interesting aspect, however, is that Friedman's views--near
orthdoxy for the last 30 years--are presented in 1975 as radical.
Mind: Milton Friedman
(YouTube, link via Marginal
This isn't required viewing for the course, but I thought it
might be interesting to some students, especially those who
are unfamiliar with Friedman's views. Libertarianism of that
sort seems to be under threat these days, in light of recent
events in the U.S. financial markets. Whether or not that turns
out to be true, it is definitely the case that Friedman helped
to establish the economic/ideological orthodoxy that has predominated
over the last 25 years or so.