The Ethics of Competition

How a Competitive Society is Good for All

Christoph Lütge, Chair of Business Ethics, Technical University of Munich, Germany

The concept of competition is frequently regarded with ambivalence. While its champions wholeheartedly endorse it for reasons of efficiency, critics believe competition undermines ethics. They denounce competitive thinking, call for modesty in profit-making, and rail against economisation. However, Christoph Lütge argues convincingly that intensified competition can work in favour of ethical goals, and that many criticisms of competition stem from an inadequate understanding of how modern societies and economies function. The author illustrates his view with examples from ecology, healthcare and education, and concludes with a call for more entrepreneurial spirit.

2019 232 pp Hardback 978 1 78897 298 7 £108.00 £80.00 $108.00 $120.00

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