Kant Stop, Won’t Stop: Whose “Duty” is Reducing Waste Production?


For my paper I plan on studying the Lycoming County Resource Management Center through a deontological lens to analyze what the “duty” of a landfill/recycling center is. Is it responsible for simply making money, taking people waste off their hands, or trying to reduce waste production and in turn help the environment? To find a strong source for my paper I began my search on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. In this resource I searched for Deontology and was able to find an extremely vivid description and definition of the concept and its many forms. Through this source I was able to identify key philosophers connect to Deontology, and the one that stood out to me most was Immanuel Kant.

Immanuel Kant is described as the philosopher who is most central to the concept of deontology. Using my newly gained knowledge from this source, I went to Google Scholar and searched through “cited sources” of Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason” and “The Metaphysics of Morals” and found two relevant sources. The first, more general source was “Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach” by R. Edward Freeman. This source illustrates the many internal and external stakeholders (ex. Government, employees, customers) that influence a corporation and its managers. It also goes into great detail describing many external stakeholders that could influence LCRM itself, such as the government and environmentalists. A second source that I found was “Business Meta-Ethics: An Analysis of Two Theories” by F. Neil Brady and Craig P. Dunn. This source specifically references Kant’s philosophies and dives into the theory of “moral duties” that people and organizations can have towards stakeholders. I think that this concept applies very well to LCRM as I would like to study what the “moral duty” of LCRM is, and who these duties apply to. The Lycoming community? Shareholders? The environment?

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3 responses to “Kant Stop, Won’t Stop: Whose “Duty” is Reducing Waste Production?

  1. Great questions. And, given that ethics is useful for guiding voluntary action above the minimum threshold of law, the quest for the duties of a waste management company is critical.

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  2. Pingback: Blog Council: Ethical Resources | Stakeholders:Uncensored·

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