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Virtuous giving : philanthropy, voluntary service, and caring

Author: Mike W Martin
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1994.
Series: Philanthropic studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Philosophers have neglected philanthropy, dealing with it piecemeal or to illustrate abstract moral principles. Writing for the general reader, Mike W. Martin explores the philosophic basis of virtuous giving. After developing a unifying conception of philanthropy, Martin investigates a number of important questions. Does philanthropy express certain virtues? If so, what is their role? Is there a responsibility to
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Martin, Mike W., 1946-
Virtuous giving.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)622630741
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mike W Martin
ISBN: 0253336775 9780253336774
OCLC Number: 28020235
Notes: APPE gift.
Description: xi, 224 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Giving with Care. Philosophy of Philanthropy. Scope of Philanthropy. Practices and Virtues. Caring within Communities --
2. Virtues in Giving. Benevolence. Justice and Reciprocity. Enlightened Cherishing. Respect for Persons. Self-Direction. Moral Leadership --
3. Responsibilities to Help. Responding to Need. Giving Something Back. Personal Callings. Professional Ideals. Discretion and Good Judgment --
4. Respect for Autonomy. Freedom to Harm. Tyranny of Gifts. Manipulation of Givers. Exploitation of Women. Incentives to Give --
5. Mixed Motives. Diverse Motives in Unified Lives. Results and Reasons. Psychological Egoism. Cynicism. Purity of Heart --
6. Paradoxes of Self-Fulfillment. Self-Development and Self-Sacrifice. Freedom and Self-Surrender. Happiness and Self-Forgetfulness. Meaning and Selflessness. Ambiguity and Faith in a Life of Service.
Series Title: Philanthropic studies.
Responsibility: Mike W. Martin.

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   schema:description "He acknowledges that philanthropy breeds paradoxes: in giving we receive; self-surrender to good causes is liberating; we find ourselves by losing ourselves in service to others. Though easily abused as rationalizations for exploiting people, these paradoxes contain insights into how virtuous giving can promote self-fulfillment."@en ;
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