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Title Giving : Western ideas of philanthropy / edited by J.B. Schneewind.
Imprint Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1996.

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Series Philanthropic studies
Philanthropic studies.
Subject Charities -- History.
Alt Name Schneewind, J. B. (Jerome B.), 1930-
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 230 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-222) and index.
Contents 1. Philanthropy as a virtue in late antiquity and the Middle Ages / Scott Davis -- 2. Contexts of charity in the Middle Ages : religious, social and civic / Suzanne Roberts -- 3. Philosophical ideas of charity : some historical reflections / J.B. Schneewind -- 4. The philanthropic perspective after a hundred years / Alan Ryan -- 5. Charity, justice, and the idea of moral progress / Allen Buchanan -- 6. Losses and gains / Mary Douglas -- 7. Motivation, cognition, and charitable giving / Robert Frank -- 8. Philanthropy in the African American experience / Adrienne Lash Jones -- 9. "Human communion" or a free lunch : school dinners in Victorian and Edwardian London / Ellen Ross -- 10. Compromising to achieve : choice in international charity / Alex Rondos.
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Summary What ways do we have for understanding charity and philanthropy? How do we come to think in these ways? In this volume, historians of antiquity, the middle ages, early modern thought, and the Victorian era discuss the evolution of thinking about and practicing voluntary giving. An economist and an anthropologist bring their disciplines to bear in showing some aspects of how charity functions now. A historian of African American life in the United States examines traditions of giving in a minority community. The director of a major source of foreign aid discusses the way it all looks from the field.
This book takes up some of the unavoidable questions about charity. If we lived in a wholly just world, would there be any need for charity? Is there genuine altruism at work in philanthropy, or merely the interest of some individual or class? Is there any justification for saying that group self-help does not count as charity? Does charitable giving do more harm than good? Taken together, these varied perspectives on charity constitute a rich and provocative study of something crucial in how we see ourselves in connection with others.
Note English.
ISBN 0585225710 (electronic bk.)
9780585225715 (electronic bk.)
0253330726 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 45729377
Additional Format Print version: Giving. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1996 0253330726 (DLC) 95051749 (OCoLC)33947425
Table of Contents
 Introduction / Robert L. Payton 
1Philanthropy as a Virtue in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages / Scott Davis1
2Contexts of Charity in the Middle Ages: Religious, Social, and Civic / Suzanne Roberts24
3Philosophical Ideas of Charity: Some Historical Reflections / J. B. Schneewind54
4The Philanthropic Perspective after a Hundred Years / Alan Ryan76
5Charity, Justice, and the Idea of Moral Progress / Allen Buchanan98
6Losses and Gains / Mary Douglas117
7Motivation, Cognition, and Charitable Giving / Robert Frank130
8Philanthropy in the African American Experience / Adrienne Lash Jones153
9"Human Communion" or a Free Lunch: School Dinners in Victorian and Edwardian London / Ellen Ross179
10Compromising to Achieve: Choices in International Charity / Alex Rondos199

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