The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work

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Columbia University Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 219 pages
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Organized around five basic areas of inquiry -- political philosophy, moral philosophy, logic, epistemology, and aesthetics -- this book examines critical issues in social work such as ethics, the allocation of limited resources, and the role of government in social welfare.

  

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Contents

Political Philosophy
1
PHILOSOPHICAL UNDERPINNINGS
2
THE EMERGENCE OF THE WELFARE STATE
9
IDEOLOGICAL CONCEPTIONS OF THE WELFARE STATE
14
THE LIMITS OF GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION
19
PUBLIC AND PRIVATESECTOR RESPONSIBILITY
21
DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE
25
WELFARE AND RIGHTS
30
LOGICAL FALLACIES IN SOCIAL WORK
98
LOGIC AND LANGUAGE
111
THE ROLE OF DEFINITIONS
114
LOGIC AND PRACTICE
118
Epistemology
119
THE NATURE OF THE DEBATE
120
THE PHILOSOPHICAL CONTEXT
122
THE EMERGENCE OF EMPIRICISM
125

IN PURSUIT OF THE COMMON GOOD AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST
34
Moral Philosophy
39
THE NATURE OF ETHICS
42
THE AUTHORITATIVE QUESTION
46
THE DISTRIBUTIVE QUESTION
49
THE SUBSTANTIVE QUESTION
65
THE DUTY TO AID
74
THE RELEVANCE OF ETHICS
76
ETHICS AND VIRTUE
80
Logic
83
THE RUDIMENTS OF LOGIC
85
MORE ON DEDUCTION
88
VALID ARGUMENTS IN SOCIAL WORK
91
THE RELEVANCE OF SYLLOGISMS
92
SOCIAL WORK AND POSITIVISM
127
THE RELEVANCE OF POSITIVISM
135
TOWARD A MODEL OF KNOWLEDGE
144
Aesthetics
155
THE NATURE OF AESTHETICS
159
CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORKS
163
CRITICISM AND EVALUATION IN SOCIAL WORK
168
THE SOCIAL WORKER AS ARTIST
182
SOCIAL WORK AS ART AND SCIENCE
189
The Place of Philosophy in Social Work
195
References
201
Index
215
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About the author (1995)

Frederic G. Reamer is a professor in the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College. He is the author of Social Work Values and Ethics, Social Work Malpractice and Liability, The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work, and Ethical Dilemmas in Social Service; co-author of Rehabilitating Juvenile Justice; and editor of AIDS and Ethics and The Foundations of Social Work Knowledge, (all published by Columbia). He is also the author of the recently published Ethical Standards in Social Work: Commentary on the NASW Code of Ethics.

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