Legal Studies and Business Ethics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

3-21-2014

Publication Source

INSEAD Knowledge

Start Page

1

Last Page

3

Abstract

Because corporations are not capable of experiencing emotions, we should stop thinking of them as persons.

Corporations are monsters – not in the sense that they are hell-bent on evil but in the sense that they lack certain capacities that are the hallmarks of our humanity. In particular, and like most supernatural creatures populating both mythology and the movieplex, corporations lack the ability to appreciate what it might feel like to be the victim of a wrong and, not unrelatedly, the ability to feel bad when they do wrong. To put it in our folk terminology, the corporation lacks a heart.

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Originally published by INSEAD Knowledge © 2014. Reproduced with permission.

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Date Posted: 25 October 2018