1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Poverty

Edited By Gottfried Schweiger, Clemens Sedmak Copyright 2024
    534 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The problem of poverty is global in scope and has devastating consequences for many essential aspects of life: health, education, political participation, autonomy, and psychological well-being. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Poverty presents the current state of philosophical research on poverty in its breadth and depth. It features 39 chapters divided into five thematic sections:

    1. Concepts, theories, and philosophical aspects of poverty research
    2. Poverty in the history of Western philosophy and philosophical traditions
    3. Poverty in non-Western philosophical thought
    4. Key ethical concepts and poverty
    5. Social and political issues

    The handbook not only addresses questions concerning individual, collective, and institutional responsibility towards people in extreme poverty and the moral wrong of poverty, but it also tackles emerging applied issues that are connected to poverty such as gender, race, education, migration, and climate change. Additionally, it features perspectives on poverty from the history of Western philosophy, as well as non-Western views that explore issues unique to the Global South. Finally, the chapters in the first part provide an overview of the most important aspects of social science poverty research, which serves as an excellent resource for philosophers and philosophy students unfamiliar with how poverty is empirically researched in practice.

    The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Poverty is an essential resource for students and researchers in philosophy, political science, sociology, development studies, and public policy who are working on poverty.

    Philosophy and Poverty: Introduction Gottfried Schweiger and Clemens Sedmak

    Section 1: Concepts, theories and philosophical aspects of poverty research

    1. Monetary poverty Clemens Sedmak

    2. Capabilities and Poverty Yuko Kamishima

    3. Social Exclusion and Poverty Gideon Calder

    4. Philosophy, poverty, and inequality: normative and applied reflections Katarina Pitasse Fragoso and Marie-Pier Lemay

    5. Epistemology, philosophy of science, and poverty research Clemens Sedmak

    6. Ethics in poverty research Ann Mitchell

    Section 2: Poverty in the history of philosophy and philosophical traditions

    7. Poverty in Graeco-Roman Philosophy Lucia Cecchet

    8. Poverty in Medieval Philosophy Hans Kraml

    9. Poverty in modern European philosophy from the Renaissance to the 20th century Alessandro Pinzani

    10. Utilitarianism and Poverty Brian Berkey

    11. Liberalism and poverty Borja Barragué

    12. Critical Theory and Poverty David Ingram

    13. Marx and Poverty Arash Abazari

    14. Feminist Philosophy and Poverty Christine M. Koggel

    Section 3: Poverty in non-Western philosophical thought

    15. Decolonial Approaches to Poverty Robin Dunford

    16. Poverty and African Social and Political Thought Uchenna Okeja

    17. Poverty in Chinese Philosophy Jifen Li

    18. Poverty in Indian Philosophy through the lens of the Religious and the Secular: An Exposition Shashi Motilal

    19. Poverty in Islamic Philosophy Muqtedar Khan and Mohammed Ayub Khan

    20. Poverty and Latin American Philosophy Eduardo Mendieta

    Section 4: Key ethical concepts and poverty

    21. Duties and Poverty Stephanie Collins

    22. Poverty and human dignity: What is the relationship?  H.P.P. (Hennie) Lötter

    23. Entitled to A Good Life Without Qualification: How Poverty Wrongs Those Experiencing It Cindy Holder

    24. Recognition and Poverty Monica Mookherjee

    25. Autonomy and Poverty Akira Inoue

    26. Empowerment and Poverty Jay Drydyk, Diana Velasco, and Kerry O’Neill

    27. Poverty and Human Rights Anandita Mukherji and Abigail Gosselin

    Section 5: Social and political issues

    28. Global justice and poverty Vincent Fang

    29. Poverty and Social Justice Valentin Beck

    30. Welfare State and Poverty Cristian Pérez Muñoz

    31. Why Racialized Poverty Matters — and the Way Forward Michael Cholbi

    32. Poverty, health and justice Sridhar Venkatapuram

    33. Development Policy and Poverty Lori Keleher

    34. Climate Change and Poverty Darrel Moellendorf

    35. Migration and Poverty Alejandra Mancilla

    36. Education and Poverty Julian Culp

    37. Gender and Poverty Susan P. Murphy

    38. The Economy and Poverty Irene Bucelli

    39. Child Poverty Gottfried Schweiger


    Gottfried Schweiger has been working as Senior Scientist at the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg since 2011. Schweiger has published extensively on (global) justice, poverty, childhood, the capability approach, and migration. 

    Clemens Sedmak is Co-director of the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg and Professor of Social Ethics at the University of Notre Dame. He is a philosopher and theologian who works at the intersection of philosophical and theological social ethics.