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A Corporation Is Not a Nexus: A MacIntyrean Approach to the Just Wage

Brian Boyd

Abstract


Alasdair MacIntyre’s claim that ethics presupposes sociology offers insight to debates over the just wage. If the firm is a nexus of contracts, then justice is satisfied by the fulfillment of freely agreed contracts. However, since Catholic social teaching offers good reason to believe that firms are rightly understood as communities of persons acting toward shared ends, just relationships amongst employees require more than the fulfillment of contracts. This article clears the ground for a fuller statement of the theoretical and practical requirements of distributive justice for wages in firms.

Brian Boyd, "A Corporation Is Not a Nexus: A MacIntyrean Approach to the Just Wage," Journal of Markets & Morality 25, no. 1 (2022): 115-127


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