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Poverty, Ethics and Justice

Poverty violates fundamental human values through its impact on individuals and on human environments, and it goes against the core values of democratic societies. Drawing on numerous scientific studies as well as his own experience witnessing the systematic poverty in his home country of South Africa, H. P. P. [Hennie] Lötter presents a holistic profile of poverty and its effects on human lives all the while accounting for the complexity of each individual case. He argues that shared ethical values must guide the planning and distribution of aid and that our society must reevaluate our notions of justice and reimagine the role of the state in order to enable collective human responsibility for poverty’s successful eradication.

310 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011

Political Philosophy Now

Philosophy: Philosophy of Society

Political Science: Political and Social Theory

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“Thoroughly supported by broad research and vivid description, this book makes a compelling case for the eradication of poverty as a complex and central moral focus. Highly recommended.”

R. Ward | Choice

Table of Contents


Part 1: The Complexity of Poverty as a Moral Issue
1. Are We One Another’s Keepers Across the Globe?
2. Defining Poverty as Distinctively Human
3. Why the Inequality of Poverty is Morally Wrong
4. Poverty Violates Fundamental Human Values
5. Poverty’s Impact on Human Environment
6. Poverty as Threat to Democratic Values
7. Why Poverty is Such a Complex Affair
Part 2: The Complexity of Moral Ways to Eradicate Poverty
8. Ethics for Eradicating Poverty
9. Justice as Poverty Prevention
10. Do We Do This Alone or Together?
11. Re-Imagining Governance to Eradicate Poverty Permanently
12. Compensating for Impoverishing Injustices of the Distant Past

Conclusion: A Theory of Poverty and its Eradication

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