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Philosophy in Social Work

1st Edition

Edited by Noel Timms, David Watson


220 pages

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Originally published in 1978, Philosophy in Social Work is a collection of papers that invites reflective consideration of the philosophical issues arising out of social work. The work stemmed from a series of meetings at the University of Glasgow, designed to encourage philosophers to look at traditional problems raised in the comparatively unfamiliar setting of social work and social service, and for social workers to see the place for philosophical reflection on what they are doing. Among the subjects discussed in the collection are discretion, rights, charity and the Welfare State, the morality of law and the politics of probation, authority and the social workers, and social work and ideology. The underlying theme of all the papers is the away in which philosophy can revive discussion of beliefs and values in social work. It also asks philosophers to intensify their treatment of concrete issues of social significance.

Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributors



1. Social Work and Ideology, Leonard Hunt

2. Social Services in a Nutshell, David Watson

3. Discretionary ‘Rights’, T.D. Campbell

4. Charity and the Welfare State, Angus McKay

5. Non-Judgmental Attitudes, R.F. Stalley

6. Aim, Skill and Role in Social Work, R.S. Downie and Eileen M. Loudfoot

7. The Morality of Law and the Politics of Probation, Barry Wilkins

8. Authority and the Social Caseworker, Alexander Broadie

9. Medicine and the Marketplace, P.D. Shaw

10. Affirmation and Sacrifice in Everyday Life and in Social Work, Donald Houston


About the Series

Routledge Revivals: Noel Timms

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1964 and 1983, draw together research by leading sociologist Noel Timms. The collection covers some of his major works in the field of social work, with a focus on social policy, language, psychiatry and philosophy within the area of social work. This set is a celebration of the rich collection of work written by Noel Timms throughout his distinguished career.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General