Cultural Foundations of Peace: How Business, Law, Ethics, and Music Can Provide Infrastructure for Social Harmony

40 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2020

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Timothy Fort

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law

Todd Haugh

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business

Date Written: February 10, 2020

Abstract

This Article brings together the seemingly divergent topics of business, law, ethics, and music. It articulates a way for business, as aided by the structures of law and ethics, to be an instrument of peace, and further proposes that music can constructively enhance the power, range, and tone of that instrument. In advancing these arguments, the Article follows a transitivity of concepts: that is, businesses that adhere to legal and ethical principles can foster peace; music and other cultural artifacts can foster ethical and legal business behavior; therefore, music and culture can foster social harmony and lay the foundations of peace. This ordering, and its underlying logic, forms the Article’s normative core. To support it, four moves are made. First, the longstanding literature demonstrating the connection between business and peace is synthesized and linked to an emerging one suggesting that cultural artifacts — music, film, sports, the arts — can play a role in peacemaking. Second, the internal workings of businesses are explored to reveal their peace-building capabilities, which are shown both theoretically and empirically along a three-part, trust-focused law and ethics continuum. Third, the notion of Good Trust, the most valued kind of trust in business, is considered in the context of music. Here the symbiotic relationship between Good Trust and music is demonstrated, indicating that music can foster a level of trust that creates peace. Fourth, objections to music’s role in business and peace are considered and overcome. As the first to sketch the terrain of this new landscape, the Article offers a compelling articulation of a novel area of academic inquiry and calls for future research at the intersection of business, law, ethics, music, and other cultural foundations of peace.

Keywords: music, business, peace, business ethics, behavioral ethics, cultural foundations, cultural artifacts, law, business law, trust

Suggested Citation

Fort, Timothy and Haugh, Todd, Cultural Foundations of Peace: How Business, Law, Ethics, and Music Can Provide Infrastructure for Social Harmony (February 10, 2020). 17 Berkeley Business Law Journal 194 (2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3535852

Timothy Fort

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law ( email )

Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Todd Haugh (Contact Author)

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business ( email )

1309 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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