Against charity: some preliminary consideratrions

Bob Brecher

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Charity is often viewed as a paradigm of morality. I suggest, however, that charitable action is mortally problematic - even morally wrong. Following a brief characterisation of charity, I suggest that it wrongly puts recipients in a position of dependency and dispensers in a self-congratulatory position of political quietism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-103
Number of pages7
JournalEthics & Bioethics (in Central Europe)
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2017

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© 2017 Bob Brecher, published by De Gruyter Open. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. BY-NC-ND 3.0


  • charity
  • dependency
  • gifts
  • needs


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