Does knowledge make us better? Since Socrates, philosophers have assumed that knowledge and education are somehow correlated with goodness: the more you know, the better you are. But is this true?
Consider, for example, the question of whether ethics courses and curricula are effective. Several recent studies indicate that business ethics courses have limited impact on the ethical attitudes of students. One study, by Ronald Jewe from Azusa Pacific University, surveyed students who had taken a business ethics course. Jewe concluded that there was "no significant difference between those who had taken a business ethics course and those who had not, when it came to their ethical attitudes."
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