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Talking About Welfare

Readings in Philosophy, 1st Edition

Edited by Noel W Timms, David Watson


318 pages

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Originally published in 1976 Talking About Welfare is a collection of essays providing a general survey of the problems facing social welfare. The book introduces a number of philosophers, social workers and social administrators, concentrating on problems in describing a general philosophical orientation to social work, what it means to understand another person, and to problems in describing and justifying social work and social welfare activity. The essays collected contribute to discussion of a wide range of welfare issues, principally that of personal and social welfare, the moral justification of welfare provision, and conceptions of community.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors


Introduction, Noel Timms and David Watson

1. The Right to Welfare, T.H. Marshall

2. The Concept of Welfare, Richard B. Brandt

3. The Good of Man, G.H. Von Wright

4. Alienation and Self-Realization, Kai Nielsen

5. Human Rights, Real and Supposed, Maurice Cranston

6. Welfare State and Welfare Society, R.M. Titmuss

7. Respect for Persons and Public Morality, R.S. Downie and Elizabeth Telfer

8. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, David Donnison

9. Who is my Stranger?, R.M. Titmuss

10. The Concept of Community, John Benson

11. The Function of Social Work in Society, Peter Leonard

12. The Art and Science of Helping, Alan Keith-Lucas

13. Knowing by Living Through, Dorothy Walsh

14. On Not Being Judgmental, Ian T. Ramsey


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1940 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of welfare and the state, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of welfare in relation to the state through the areas of policy making, social administration, class division and social inequality, social policy and privatization, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of the welfare state in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics, economics, social work respectively.

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Subject Categories

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