The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR) sometimes publishes volumes based on the Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research. These volumes are not conference proceedings but carefully drafted and fully peer-reviewed volumes covering the topic of the conference. Currently a volume on Absolute Poverty in Europe is in preparation with Policy Press. Furthermore the CEPR also publishes a fully peer-reviewed Book Series with Springer on Philosophy and Poverty. Below you find also some recent publications by members of the CEPR:
edited by Henning Hahn, Gottfried Schweiger & Clemens Sedmak
"Philosophy and Poverty" is a new fully peer-reviwed book series published by Springer. It is edited by Henning Hahn, Gottfried Schweiger and Clemens Sedmak, whose work is supported by an international Advisory Board. It is the first book series to focus exclusively on philosophical research on poverty, which is an area of increasing interest and high social and political importance. The book series is not restricted to issues of ethics and justice which dominate the philosophical research on poverty, but is also open to questions related to the philosophy of science, epistemology or history of philosophy insofar as they relate to poverty. "Philosophy and Poverty" covers projects that combine rigorous philosophical research with practical importance, as well as such projects that aim to clarify concepts, the history of ideas, methodological issues or questions of measurement.
Txetxu Ausin, Professor at the Institute for Philosophy, of the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid, Spain. Gillian Brock, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Luis Carbrera, Associate Professor at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University, Australia. Alberto D. Cimadamore, Scientific Director of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), Norway, and Professor of Theory of International Relations at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stephan Gosepath, Professor for Political Theory, Free University Berlin, Germany. Nicole Hassoun, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, USA. H.P.P. Lötter, Professor of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Corinna Mieth, Professor for Legal and Political Philosophy at Bochum University, Germany. Darrel Moellendorf, Professor of International Political Theory at Frankfurt University, Germany. Alessandro Pinzani, Professor of Philosophy, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil. David Schweickart, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, USA. Mitu Sengupta, Associate Professor at Ryerson University, Canada. Makoto Usami, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Kyoto University, Japan.
This book addresses the endangerment of children’s bodies in affluent societies. Bodily integrity is an important part of a child’s physical and mental well-being, but it can also be violated through various threats during childhood; not only affecting physical health but also causing mental damage and leading to distortions in the development of the self. The authors give an account of three areas, which present different serious dangers: (1) body and eating, (2) body and sexuality, and (3) body and violence. Through an in-depth examination of the available theoretical and empirical knowledge, as well as a thorough ethical analysis, the central injustices in the mentioned areas are identified and the agents with responsibilities towards children displayed. The authors conclude by providing invaluable insight into the necessity of an ethical basis for policies to safeguard children and their bodies.
edited by Helmut P Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger & Clemens Sedmak
This book explores the philosophical, and in particular ethical, issues concerning the conceptualization, design and implementation of poverty alleviation measures from the local to the global level. It connects these topics with the ongoing debates on social and global justice, and asks what an ethical or normative philosophical perspective can add to the economic, political, and other social science approaches that dominate the main debates on poverty alleviation. Divided into four sections, the volume examines four areas of concern: the relation between human rights and poverty alleviation, the connection between development and poverty alleviation, poverty within affluent countries, and obligations of individuals in regard to global poverty.
An impressive collection of essays by an international group of scholars on one of the most fundamental issues of our age. The authors consider crucial aspects of poverty alleviation: the role of human rights; the connection between development aid and the alleviation of poverty; how to think about poverty within affluent countries (particularly in Europe); and individual versus collective obligations to act to reduce poverty. Judith Lichtenberg, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University
This collection of essays is most welcome addition to the burgeoning treatments of poverty and inequality. What is most novel about this volume is its sustained and informed attention to the explicitly ethical aspects of poverty and poverty alleviation. What are the ethical merits and demerits of income poverty, multidimensional-capability poverty, and poverty as nonrecognition? How important is poverty alleviation in comparison to environmental protection and cultural preservation? Who or what should be agents responsible for reducing poverty? The editors concede that their volume is not the last word on these matters. But, these essays, eschewing value neutrality and a retreat into technical mastery, challenge us to find fresh and reasonable answers to these urgent questions. David A. Crocker, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Child poverty is one of the biggest challenges of today, harming millions of children. In this book, child poverty is investigated from a philosophical social justice perspective, primarily in the context of modern welfare states. Based on both normative theory (particularly the capability approach) and empirical evidence, the authors identify the injustices of child poverty, showing how it negatively affects the well-being of children as well as their whole life course. But child poverty is not “given by nature”. It is avoidable and there is certainly the moral duty to alleviate it. Therefore, Graf and Schweiger develop a normative theory of responsibilities, which clarifies the moral role of different agents in the poor children’s environment – the family, the state and my others, that have so far been neglected in philosophical theories. They conclude their book by sketching how their theory can be extended to global child poverty and what it means to show equal respect and concern for every child – not matter where and in which context it was born.
I hope it will be clear that Schweiger and Graf’s book is full of important insights and information. It provides a comprehensive theory of child poverty with very strong implications for political practice and thereby exemplifies a very successful blend of political philosophy and social science. Moreover, it provides a fertile ground for further philosophical and social scientific debate. It is simply a must read for everyone interested in the problem of child poverty. Christian Neuhäuser, Professor of Political Philosophy, TU Dortmund
Schweiger and Graf’s book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of child poverty and the resources within the Capability Approach (CA) to analyse the ways in which poverty disadvantages children. As they note, capability theorists have not, until relatively recently, devoted much attention to how the capability theory might be developed and extended to children. Schweiger and Graf helpfully explore how capability theory can be sensitive to the special vulnerabilities that children exhibit as well as to their status as developing agents. Colin Macleod, Professor in law and philosophy, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, University of Victoria
The injustice of child poverty motivates much of contemporary social and global justice theorising. Yet within justice theorising, very little time is spent on examining the distinctiveness of child poverty itself as an issue of justice. Given this backdrop, Schweiger and Graf’s A Philosophical Examination of Social Justice and Child Poverty breaks new ground and fills an important gap in the literature. The book provides us with a much needed platform for further discussions about the challenges of child poverty in our world today and about how justice theorising can respond.Krushil Watene, Massey University, New Zealand
Those who are engaged in the debate around child poverty and social justice will find the book recently published by Gottfried Schweiger and Gunter Graf useful and compelling. [...] This book is a recommended reading for scholars and practitioners willing to strengthen their knowledge on the main challenges that we need to take into account to tackle child poverty.Caterina Arciprete & Mario Biggeri, Development Economics, University of Florence