Virtuous Giving

Virtuous Giving

Philanthropy, Voluntary Service, and Caring
Mike W. Martin
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/1/1994
ISBN: 978-0-253-11323-8
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Winner NSFRE Staley/Robeson/Ryan/St. Lawrence Research Prize, 1995
“A good study book for philanthropists and those who study them. Religion gets a fair shake.” —Christian Century

“Mike Martin has written a clear and wide-ranging book on ethical issues related to philanthropy that is rich in concrete examples.” —Ethics

Writing for the general reader, Mike Martin explores the philosophic basis of philanthropy—“virtuous giving.” This book will be welcome reading for anyone who has pondered what caring and giving mean for a good society.

Author Bio

MIKE W. MARTIN is Professor of Philosophy at Chapman University and author of Everyday Morality, Self-Deception and Morality, and many articles in applied ethics; he is also co-author of Ethics in Engineering and editor of Self-Deception and Self-Understanding.

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Table of Contents



1. Giving With Care
Philosophy of Philanthropy
Scope of Philanthropy
Practices and Virtues
Caring within Communities

2. Virtues in Giving
Justice and Reciptrcity
Enlightened Cherishing
Respect for Persons
Moral Leadership

3. Responsibilities to Help
Responding to Need
Giving Something Back
Personal Callings
Professional Ideals
Discretion and Good Judgement

4. Respect for Automony
Freedom to Harm
Tyranny of Gifts
Manipulation of Givers
Explotation of Women
Incentives to Give

5. Mixed Motives
Diverse Motives in Unified Lives
Results and Reasons
Psychological Egoism
Purity of Heart

6. Paradoxes of Self-Fulfillment
Self-Development and Self-Sacrifice
Freedom and Self-Surrender
Happiness and Self-Forgetfullness
Meaning and Seflessness
Ambiguity and Faith in a Life of Service