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The Ethics of Giving: Philosophers' Perspectives on Philanthropy

Paul Woodruff


Philanthropy and charitable giving support the lives of both people and institutions. Individuals express their values by where they give and how much. Yet recent philosophers have written little about the subject, aside from Peter Singer and other advocates of effective altruism, who are mostly (but not universally) consequentialist utilitarians. We have a need, therefore, to examine theories of the ethics of giving from a wider range of theories, including theories based on Kant, intuitionism, virtue theory, integrity, and justice. The ethical theory that individuals hold makes a significant ... More

Keywords: philanthropy, charity, Kant, utilitarianism, consequentialism, integrity, justice, effective altruism, Peter Singer

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190648879
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190648879.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Woodruff, editor
Professor of Philosophy, UT Austin

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