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Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility (For and Against) [Paperback]

By David Schmidtz (Author), Robert E. Goodin (Author) & R. G. Frey (Editor)
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The issue of social welfare and individual responsibility has become a topic of international debate in recent years. Here authors Schmidtz and Goodin argue the ethical merits of individual versus collective responsibility for welfare.

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The issue of social welfare and individual responsibility has become a topic of international public debate in recent years as politicians around the world now question the legitimacy of state-funded welfare systems. The authors of this book debate the ethical merits of individual versus collective responsibility for welfare. David Schmidtz argues that social welfare policy should prepare people for responsible adulthood rather than try to make that unnecessary. Robert Goodin argues against the individualization of welfare policy and expounds the virtues of collective responsibility.

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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 23, 2004
Publisher   Cambridge University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0521564611  
ISBN13  9780521564618  

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More About David Schmidtz, Robert E. Goodin & R. G. Frey

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Schmidtz is Professor of Philosophy, joint Professor of Economics, and Director of the Program of Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Rational Choice and Moral Agency and co-author, with Robert Goodin, of Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility. He is editor of Robert Nozick and edited, with Elizabeth Willott, Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works. His lectures on justice have taken him to sixteen countries and six continents.

David Schmidtz has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Arizona University of Arizona, USA University of Arizona.

David Schmidtz has published or released items in the following series...
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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Current Events > Poverty > Social Services & Welfare
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Government > Social Policy
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Philosophy > General
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Philosophy
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Social Work
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General
7Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology

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A Solid Effort!  May 7, 2001
David Schmidtz and Robert E. Goodin present a point-counterpoint discussion of the role of government in social welfare programs. This book explains the basic disagreements underlying the social welfare debate. David Schmidtz reasonably presents the conservative argument, but does not address what to do with people who truly cannot contribute to the economy. Goodin stays more clearly on topic, particularly when dismantling arguments for "self-reliance," but is less persuasive when he discusses the fate of displaced workers. Schmidtz is willing to accept more people suffering today as the price of progress. However, his argument is weakened by his use of out-dated statistics, which cast a shadow on his other assertions. Goodin prefers to sacrifice some progress to help those who are suffering today. Although neither writer anticipated the recent economic boom, which exposes flaws in both arguments, we [...] still recommend this valuable book as a serious study of social policy.

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