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01-02-2013 | Invited Contribution | Issue 4/2013

Journal of Business Ethics 4/2013

The Responsibility to Lie and the Obligation to Report

Bonhoeffer’s “What Does It Mean to Tell the Truth?” And the Ethics of Whistleblowing

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Journal of Business Ethics > Issue 4/2013
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Scott R. Paeth

Abstract

This article is an examination of the moral complexity of the act of whistleblowing in the context of corporate corruption. Whistleblowing may be a morally admirable act underataken by morally ambiguous agents, but can only be fully understood in context. Using German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s essay “What Does It Mean to Tell the Truth?” This essay will examine how the kind of deception sometimes necessary in whistleblowing cases can be testimony to a larger and more profound truth.

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