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Thank you for a great AU 2017! - Acton University 2018: June 19 - 22

Philanthropy and Civil Society: An Ethic of Beneficence for the Modern Age

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How do societies best meet the needs of the poor and suffering? Social activists and scholars often elevate the quest for social justice over market processes supplemented by private philanthropy. Drawing upon Biblical concepts of charity, the history of social assistance, and the writings of social philosophers such as Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville, this class will introduce students to the political economy of philanthropy and the essential role of an ethic of beneficence, properly understood, for the realization of human flourishing in the modern world

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