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Poverty, Ethics and Justice


Language: English

Genre(s): Social Policy and Law

Series: Political Philosophy Now

March 2013320 pages216x138mm

Paperback - 9780708325711 eBook - pdf - 9780708324363

About The Book

Poverty violates fundamental human values through its impact on individuals and human environments. Poverty also goes against the core values of democratic societies. Lotter talks about poverty in ways that depict this devastating human condition clearly. He shows why inequalities associated with poverty require our serious moral concern. To eradicate poverty appropriately, shared ethical values must guide aid. In addition, a proper conception of justice can prevent poverty from occurring. Furthermore, we must re-imagine the role of the state to enable collective human responsibility for poverty’s successful eradication.


"Thoroughly supported by broad research and vivid description, this book makes a compelling case for the eradication of poverty as a complex and central moral focus. Highly recommended." R. Ward "Choice "


Introduction PART 1 – THE COMPLEXITY OF POVERTY AS A MORAL ISSUE 1. Are We One Another’s Keepers Across the Globe? 2. Defining Poverty as Distinctively Human 3. Why the Inequality of Poverty is Morally Wrong 4. Poverty Violates Fundamental Human Values 5. Poverty’s Impact on Human Environments 6. Poverty as Threat to Democratic Values 7. Why Poverty is Such a Complex Affair PART 2 – THE COMPLEXITY OF MORAL WAYS TO ERADICATE POVERTY 8. Ethics for Eradicating Poverty 9. Justice as Poverty Prevention 10. Do We Do This Alone or Together? 11. Re-Imagining Governance to Eradicate Poverty Permanently 12. Compensating for Impoverishing Injustices of the Distant Past Conclusion: A Theory of Poverty and its Eradication Bibliography

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