Good Intentions

Good Intentions

Moral Obstacles and Opportunities
David Smith
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/04/2005
Format: Hardback 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-34531-8
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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."

The contributors are David M. Craig, Elliot N. Dorff, David C. Hammack, Amy A. Kass, John Langan, S.J., Paul Pribbenow, Paul G. Schervish, David H. Smith, William M. Sullivan, Philip Turner, and Patricia H. Werhane.

Author Bio

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: Doing Good David H. Smith
I. Important Exemplars
1. The Invisible Gifts of Booker T. Washington Amy A. Kass
2. Common Work: Jane Addams on Citizenship and Philanthropy Paul Pribbenow
II. Deciding Whom to Help
3. The Give and Take of Philanthropy David M. Craig
4. Focused Fairness in Philanthropy Patricia H. Werhane
III. Issues for Religious Communities
5. Nonprofits and Morals: Jewish Perspectives and Methods for Resolving Some Commonly Occurring Moral Issues Elliot N. Dorff
6. Philanthropy's Inconstant Friend, Religion Philip Turner
IV. The Importance and Insufficiency of Charity
7. The Sense and Sensibility of Philanthropy as a Moral Citizenship of Care Paul G. Schervish
8. Philanthropy, Charity, Subsidiarity, and Solidarity: A Basis for Understanding Philanthropy in Catholic Social Teaching John Langan, S. J.
V. Retrospect and Prospect
9. Donors, Intermediaries, and Beneficiaries: The Changing Moral Dynamics of American Nonprofit Organizations David C. Hammack
10. Philanthropy in Question William M. Sullivan
Postscript: An Ongoing Conversation David H. Smith