Why give a damn? Philosophy of Philanthropy

Tuesday 18th December, 7.30 at the Rose and Crown, Tintern



John Clark

NEXT MEETING 18th December 2018

An exploration of why people give money and support to help others and causes without material benefit to themselves.  How have philosophers illuminated the subject from Plato and Aeschylus, to early religious philosophers, to George Herbert Mead, Adam Smith and contemporary thinkers?  Is it just Western civilisations that support charities, or do other cultures too? How recent is the phenomenon? Indeed is it restricted to humans? And is it as "selfless" as it is often assumed to be?"

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