Edited by Gary Craig
Chapter 31: An exploration of love in the time of inequality: philanthropy and social justice
This chapter focuses on language and meaning by looking at the contradictions in both the language and the practice of social justice philanthropy. It starts by separating philanthropy from social justice, setting out the historical and classical Greek definition as well as its more modern understanding. This specifically concretizes the understanding of philanthropy within the realm of “love of humanity” as opposed to a discussion around money or wealth. The theory of philanthropy is grounded within a social justice framework; social justice is a commonly used term to distinguish a specific type of philanthropy rooted in principles of fairness, justice, and equity, and addressing structural causes of problems faced in societies. Since there is no consensus on the definition or practical application – sometimes it is assumed to be implicit in the very notion of philanthropy and sometimes it is used as a specific framework or strategy within philanthropic practice – this chapter interrogates some key theoretical approaches to social justice philanthropy.
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