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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2012

William A. Galston
Brookings Institution, Washington DC
Peter H. Hoffenberg
University of Hawaii, Manoa
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“The poor are always with us” – at all times, in every society. Nonetheless, societies have responded differently to the enduring questions such privation raises: who is poor, why are some poor while others are not, and what (if anything) should be done about their condition?

In keeping with the Ethikon Institute’s mission of addressing significant global public policy questions in its Series in Comparative Ethics, this volume explores how great moral traditions, secular and religious, Western and non-Western, wrestle with basic questions about poverty and the poor. These traditions include Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism among the religious perspectives; classical liberalism, feminism, liberal egalitarianism, and Marxism among the secular; and natural law, which might be claimed by both.

Poverty and Morality
Religious and Secular Perspectives
, pp. 1 - 14
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2010

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