Religion in the Workplace: A Support for Ethics or an Obstacle to Business?

Harper Center, 3023

Thursday, September 5, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

The 2013 Business, Faith and Society Lecture will feature:

Religion in the Workplace:A Support for Ethics or an Obstacle to Business?
by Robert Audi, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Management, University of Notre Dame

Faculty reception to follow

The increasing sociopolitical importance of religion is a challenge to the theory and practice of management. Is religious dress appropriate in business settings? Is giving leaves with pay or permitting regular short absences for prayer required for ethical companies? Should large businesses have chapels? Should they have chaplains? Must they provide contraceptive services in their healthcare plans? This presentation reflects the conviction that a sound ethics of church-state relations is extendable to employment contexts. Standards for church-state separation are formulated; and, in part on that basis, we can frame a theory of religion in the workplace centering on a series of broadly ethical principles that can guide managerial policies affecting religion.

Sponsored by Creighton College of Business and the Kripke Center

Robert Audi is an internationally known philosopher and ethicist who has published more than 130 journal articles and 16 books including Business Ethics and Ethical Business; Religion in the Public Square; Religious Commitment and Secular Reason; and Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State. He is the past president of the American Philosophical Associtation, and the Society of Christian Philosophers, and editor of the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy.

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