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Module Reading List

Agents and Professional Responsibility, 2017/18, Semester 1
Jamie Dow
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Required Reading

Below is a list of the required readings for this module. You may be asked to log in before you can access these readings. The log in details you need are your ISS username and password, which are the same ones that you use to log in to the VLE and Portal.

Unit 3.1:

Rachels, James, ‘Punishment and Desert’, in LaFollette, Hugh (ed.), Ethics in Practice, (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), Chapter 47 (pp. 510-518).

Unit 3.2:

Wiggins, David, ‘Deliberation and Practical Reasoning’,Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society., 76 (1975): 29-51.

Unit 3.3:

Gilbert Harman, ‘Moral Philosophy Meets Moral Psychology: Virtue Ethics and the Fundamental Attribution Error’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society., New Series, Vol. XCIX (1999), pp. 315-331

Athanassoulis, Nafsika, ‘A Response to Harman: Virtue Ethics and Character Traits’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society., 100 (2000): 215-221.

Unit 3.4:

Chang, Ruth, Incommensurability, incomparability, and practical reason, (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 1997), Introduction (pp. 1-34).

Unit 3.5:

Nagel, Thomas, ‘Moral Luck’ in Mortal Questions, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979).

Unit 3.6:

Swinburne, Richard, Responsibility and atonement (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989), Chapter 2.

Unit 3.7:

Williams, Bernard, ‘Politics and Moral Character’, from Moral luck : philosophical papers 1973-1980, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981).

Unit 3.8:

DesJardins, Joseph, ‘Corporate Culture, Governance, and Ethical Leadership’, An Introduction to Business Ethics, 3rd Edition, (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009), Chapter 4.

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Further reading

Below is a list of further reading. These will be helpful for you when you are working on your essays. We have digitised as many as possible, and provided links to those that are available online, but for many of them you will need to visit a library. Some of the books may be available to view on Google Books, so it is worth checking there. Where possible we have provided links to the University of Leeds library record for any items not available online.

Challenges to Moral Psychology

Schoeman, Ferdinand, ’Statistical Norms and Moral Attributions’, in Responsibility, Character, and the Emotions, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), Chapter 12 .

Any of the papers from The journal of ethics., 13/2-3 (2009). This issue is not currently available through the library, but some of the articles are available online elsewhere:

Harman, ‘Skepticism About Character Traits’

Vranas, ‘Against Moral Character Evaluations’

Miller, ‘Social Psychology, Mood, and Helping’

Screenivasan, ‘Disunity of Virtue’

See also the relevant papers listed at PhilPapers -

Commensurability of Values

Any of the other chapters in Chang, Ruth, Incommensurability, incomparability, and practical reason, (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 1997).

Wiggins, David, ‘Weakness of Will Commensurability, and the Objects of Deliberation and Desire’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society., 79 (1979): 251-277.

McDowell, J., ‘Virtue and Reason’, The monist. 62/3 (1979).

Williams, Bernard, ‘Conflicts of Values’, in Moral luck : philosophical papers 1973-1980, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981).

Broome, John, ‘Are intentions reasons? And how should we cope with incommensurable values?’, in C. Morris and A. Ripstein (eds.), Practical Rationality and Preference: Essays for David Gauthier, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

See also the Stanford Encyclopedia entry on incommensurable values, and the bibliography there - 


Hart, H.L.A., Punishment and Responsibility – Essays in the Philosophy of Law, 2nd Edn. (ed. J. Gardner), (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).

Rachels, James, ‘Punishment and Desert’, in LaFollette, Hugh (ed.), Ethics in Practice, (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), Chapter 47.

Fisher, J.M. and Ravizza, M., Responsibility and control : a theory of moral responsibility, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Haji, Ishtiyaque, Moral appraisability : puzzles, proposals, and perplexities, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998).

Leadership Ethics

Gill, Roger, Theory and practice of leadership, (London: Sage, 2006), Chapter 5.

Northouse, Peter G., Leadership: Theory and Practice, (London: Sage, 2007), Chapter 14.

Ciulla, Joanne B., The Ethics of Leadership, (Wadsworth, 2002).

Simmons, A. John, ‘Justification and Legitimacy’, Ethics. 109 (1999): 739-71.

Brown, M.E. and Trevino, L.K., ‘Ethical Leadership: A review and future directions’, The leadership quarterly., 17/6 (2006): 595-616.

Ludwig, D.C. and Longenecker, C.O., ‘The Bathsheba Syndrome: The ethical failure of successful leaders’, Journal of business ethics., 12 (1993): 265-273.

Price, T.L. ‘Explaining Ethical Failures of Leadership’, Leadership & organization development journal, 21/4 (2000): 177ff.

Thomas, T., Schermerhorn Jr, J.R. and Dienhart, J.W., ‘Strategic Leadership of Ethical Behaviour in Business’, The Academy of Management executive., 18/2 (2004): 56-66.

Covey, Stephen R., The seven habits of highly effective people : restoring the character ethic , (London: Simon & Schuster Ltd., 1992).

Banerji, P. and Krishnan, V.R., ‘Ethical Preference of Transformational Leaders: an empirical investigation’, Leadership & organization development journal, 21/8 (2000): 405ff..

Trevino, L.K., Hartman, L.P. and Brown, M., ‘Moral Person and Moral Manager: How executives develop a reputation for ethical leadership’, California management review., 42/2 (2000): 128-142.

You should also become accustomed to seeking out additional useful reading material from other sources. It is worthwhile to make a habit of looking at recent journals in the field of applied and professional ethics such as Journal of applied philosophy., Philosophy & public affairs., Res publica. and Ethics..

If you have difficulty finding helpful readings on a topic do seek advice from the module tutors.

This list was last updated on 08/02/2013