Corporate agency and possible futures

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We need an account of corporate agency that is temporally robust – one that will help future people to cope with challenges posed by corporate groups in a range of credible futures. In particular, we need to bequeath moral resources that enable future people to avoid futures dominated by corporate groups that have no regard for human beings. This paper asks how future philosophers living in broken or digital futures might re-imagine contemporary debates about corporate agency. It argues that the only temporally robust account is moralised extreme collectivism, where full moral personhood is accorded (only) to those corporate groups that are reliably disposed to respond appropriately to moral reasons.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
VolumeFirst Online
Early online date3 May 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 May 2018


  • Collective agency
  • Corporate agency
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Future people
  • Climate change
  • Broken world
  • Virtual reality
  • Artificial intelligence


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