Title Economic Inequality and Morality
Subtitle Diverse Ethical Perspectives (The Ethikon Series)
Author Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan
ISBN 9780815737193
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 320
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Brookings Institution Press
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Description:

Examining inequality through the lenses of moral traditions

Rising inequality has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years from scholars and politicians, but the moral dimensions of inequality tend to be ignored. Is inequality morally acceptable? Is it morally permissible to allow practices and systems that contribute to inequality? Is there an ethical obligation to try to alleviate inequality, and if so, who is obligated to take that action?

This book addresses these and similar questions not through a single lens of morality but through a comparative study of ethical traditions, both secular and religious, Western and non-Western. The moral and political traditions considered are: liberalism, Marxism, natural law, feminism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and Confucianism. The types of inequality examined include property, natural resources, products, wealth, income, jobs, and taxation. The editors open the book with an introduction providing information on contemporary dimensions of the problem of economic inequality, and the book concludes with a summary of the perspectives represented.

Economic Inequality and Morality is unusual in that it addresses similarities and differences on the questions of inequality within and across moral traditions. Authors of the individual studies answer a common set of topic-related questions, giving the reader a broad perspective on how a broad range of traditions view and respond to inequality.


Contents:

Acknowledgments

I

Introduction (Richard Madsen and William M. Sullivan)

LIBERALISM • Economic Justice in the Liberal Tradition (William A. Galston)

MARXISM • Inequality and Morality (Andrew Levine)

FEMINISM • Feminist Perspectives on Economic Justice (Christine Di Stefano)

NATURAL LAW • A Natural Law Perspective on Economic Equality (Joseph Boyle)

CHRISTIANITY • Christianity and Economic Inequality (D. Stephen Long)

JUDAISM • Jewish Economics (Joseph Isaac Lifshitz)

ISLAM • Islam, Inequality, Morality, and Justice (Mohammad H. Fadel)

CONFUCIANISM • Confucian Perspectives on the Morality of Economic Inequality (Stephen C. Angle)

BUDDHISM • Economic Justice in the Buddhist Tradition (Christopher S. Queen)

OVERVIEW • Economic Inequality Across Traditions (Stephen R. Munzer)

Selected Annotated Bibliography

Contributors

Index


About the Editors:

Richard Madsen is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, San Diego. He is a co-author (with Robert Bellah and others) of The Good Society and Habits of the Heart. He has authored or co-authored nine books on Chinese culture as well as numerous articles on cultural comparison.

William M. Sullivan is Senior Scholar at the New American Colleges and Universities. He is co-author (with Robert N. Bellah and others) of The Good Society and Habits of the Heart. He has authored or edited a number of books in political and social theory as well as ethics. His most recent book is Liberal Learning as a Quest for Purpose.


Target Audience:

It addresses similarities and differences on the questions of inequality within and across moral traditions. This book is useful for people interested in economic inequality.

 

 
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