America, Philanthropy, and the Moral Order

Front Cover
Edwin Mellen Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 201 pages
Hamer (anthropology, formerly with the University of the South) recounts the history of philanthropy and analyzes its role in alleviating anxieties about the inequalities of capitalist society while balancing the ethics of generosity with those of the Protestant work ideal. The book traces the aims of philanthropy back to the Enlightenment, considers their particularly American variations, and examines the social causes and consequences of their development. Five philanthropists and seven non-philanthropists are profiled, with attention to their life experiences and personal views. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


John Crozer and the Ideal Community
The Era of the Industrial Capitalism Following

5 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information