Philosophy Faculty Publications

Title

Philanthropy and Injustice in Mill and Addams

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1995

Publication Source

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Abstract

The idea that philanthropy has promoted social justice is historically well-established. Voluntary action, however, can also be used to perpetuate injustice. In this article I analyze criticisms of philanthropy given by John Stuart Mill and Jane Addams, two individuals who appreciated the value of philanthropic effort but were clearly aware of its potential to perpetuate injustice. Mill argues that injustice in philanthropy results when introduced from other areas of life (political and legal structures or common cultural assumptions, for example) and when philanthropists use poor judgment; Addams criticizes the principle of voluntarism itself.

Inclusive pages

281-292

ISBN/ISSN

0899-7640

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Sage

Volume

24

Issue

4

Peer Reviewed

yes