How Can I Become a Responsible Subject? Towards a Practice-Based Ethics of Responsiveness

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Approaches to business ethics can be roughly divided into two streams: aEuro(1)codes of behavior' and aEuro(1)forms of subjectification', with code-oriented approaches clearly dominating the field. Through an elaboration of poststructuralist approaches to moral philosophy, this paper questions the emphasis on codes of behaviour and, thus, the conceptions of the moral and responsible subject that are inherent in rule-based approaches. As a consequence of this critique, the concept of a practice-based aEuro(1)ethics of responsiveness' in which ethics is never final but rather always aEuro(1)to come', is investigated. In such an approach the ethical self is understood as being continuously constituted within power/knowledge relations. Following this line, we ask how one can become a responsible subject while also acknowledging certain limits of full responsibility. We thereby explore responsibility as a considered but unconditional openness in response to the other.


  • Sara Louise Muhr
  • Bernadette Loacker
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  • Business Administration


  • responsiveness, limits of responsibility, ethics of practice, subjectification, giving account
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-277
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch