Common ground: An environmental ethic for Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Three predominant philosophies have characterized American business ethical thinking over the past several decades. The first phase is the ethics of self-interest'' which argues that maximizing self-interest coincidentally maximizes the common good. The second phase is legality ethics.'' Proponents argue that what is important is knowing the rules and following them scrupulously. The third phase might be called stake-holder ethics.'' A central tenant is that everyone affected by a decision has a moral hold on the decision maker. This paper will discuss one recent initiative of the Los Alamos National Laboratory to move beyond rules and regulations toward an environmental ... continued below

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Menlove, F.L. January 1, 1991.

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Three predominant philosophies have characterized American business ethical thinking over the past several decades. The first phase is the ethics of self-interest'' which argues that maximizing self-interest coincidentally maximizes the common good. The second phase is legality ethics.'' Proponents argue that what is important is knowing the rules and following them scrupulously. The third phase might be called stake-holder ethics.'' A central tenant is that everyone affected by a decision has a moral hold on the decision maker. This paper will discuss one recent initiative of the Los Alamos National Laboratory to move beyond rules and regulations toward an environmental ethic that integrates the values of stakeholder ethics'' into the Laboratory's historical culture and value systems. These Common Ground Principles are described. 11 refs.

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  • ECM 91 congress, Santa Fe, NM (United States), 18-20 Sep 1991

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  • Other: DE92002513
  • Report No.: LA-UR-91-3111
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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5001860
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Menlove, F.L. Common ground: An environmental ethic for Los Alamos National Laboratory, article, January 1, 1991; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1059499/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.