The Cultural Dimension of Business Ethics
2.1 Culture as context of interpretation
Culture seems to be the glue that keeps the individual stuck to the collective identity image. This collective identity takes on the form of an idealization which is characterized and exemplified in the arts and media (through advertisements see Nike : Michael Jordan ; perfume commercials portraying the sexy, desirable woman, etc). It creates the basis for stereotype formulation. Culture provides language and thought to its members.
We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native languages. The categories and types that we isolate from the world of phenomena we do not find there on the contrary, the world is presented in a kaleidoscopic flux of impressions which has to be organized by our minds – and this means largely by the linguistic systems in our minds. We cut nature up, organize it into concepts, and ascribe significances as we do, largely because we are parties to an agreement to organize it in this way – an agreement that holds throughout our speech community and is codified in the patterns of our language. The agreement is, of course, an implicit and unstated one, but its terms are absolutely obligatory ; we cannot talk at all except by subscribing to the organization and classification of data which the agreement decrees.
No individual is free to describe nature with absolute impartiality but is constrained to certain modes of interpretation even while he thinks himself most free.18
Language and thought perceive and thereby describe the world and reality from their cultural framework.
1.0 Cultural dimensions of Business Ethics
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