The Responsibilities of Wealth

The Responsibilities of Wealth

Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/22/1992
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-31279-2
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In sum, this volume is a thoughtful exploration of both the past and the future of philanthropic theory. Recommended highly... " —Library Journal

Together, these thoughtful essays convey both the scope and complexity of the moral, philosophical, and practical issues surrounding the sources, methods, and consequences of philanthropy." —The Journal of American History

Andrew Carnegie enjoined his fellow millionaires "to help those who will help themselves." Do the rich of today have responsibilities toward society in the use of their wealth for the public good? Commentators from Carnegie to some of our leading scholars of philanthropy explore that question. Topics include the "ethics of responsibility," liberal and corporate philanthropy, the contrast between Jane Addams’s and Carnegie’s views of the responsibilities of wealth, and the religious roots of philanthropy.

Author Bio

DWIGHT F. BURLINGAME is Associate Director for Academic Programs and Research at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.

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Table of Contents


The Gospel of Wealth: Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie and His Gospel of Philanthropy: A study in the Ethics of Responsibility
Barry D. Karl

Aristotle and the Ethics of Philanthropy: Albert Anderson

Philanthropy under Capitalism: Jonathan Riley

A Business Man’s Philanthropic Creed: A Centennial Perspective on Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth: Kenneth Fox

Jan Addam’s Views on the Responsibilities of Wealth: Louise W. Knight

God and Money: Robert L. Payton