Good Intentions: Moral Obstacles and Opportunities

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David H. Smith
Indiana University Press, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 239 pages
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It seems self-evident that giving is a good thing. But there are profound arguments against a social stress on giving, many of them couched in the language of justice. In this book, scholars from a variety of fields associated with philanthropy discuss the moral issues surrounding efforts to do good. The chapters are arranged in five parts: Important Exemplars, Deciding Whom to Help, Issues for Religious Communities, The Importance and Insufficiency of Charity, and Retrospect and Prospect. A. Kass, John Langan, S.J., Paul Pribbenow, Paul G. Schervish, David H. Smith, William M. Sullivan, Philip Turner, and Patricia H. Werhane. the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, and Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. He is co-editor of Early Warning: Cases and Ethical Guidance for Presymptomatic Testing in Genetic Diseases (IUP, 1998) and author of Entrusted: The Moral Responsibilities of Trusteeship (IUP, 1995).

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Contents

Doing Good
1
The Invisible Gifts of Booker T Washington
17
Jane Addams on Citizenship
38
The Give and Take of Philanthropy
57
Focused Fairness in Philanthropy
84
Jewish Perspectives and Methods
103
Philanthropys Inconstant Friend Religion
127
The Sense and Sensibility of Philanthropy as a Moral Citizenship
149
A Basis
166
The Changing Moral
183
Philanthropy in Question
204
An Ongoing Conversation
224
Index
231
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David H. Smith is former Nelson Poynter Senior Scholar, Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, and Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University.

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