Eugene F. Miller Clear thinking about philanthropy requires us to define it -- to "shrinking the Earth," i.e., multiplying contacts among the specify the boundaries between motives, means, and objectives world's peoples, easing communication, facilitating mobility, that are truly philanthropic and those that are not. Any proper deffostering interdependence, eroding national sovereignty, and inition must pay attention to how the term "philanthropy" has posing issues of global concern. The increasing emphasis today been applied in practice, and yet, description alone cannot suffice. on "global philanthropy" undoubtedly reflects this process. If, for example, we should wish to surCosmopolitans generally look for vey philanthropy in the United States, ways to benefit others, but their inspiEconomists might encourage the either historically or with a view to conration need not be philanthropic. rational pursuit of self interest, with temporary practice, we must decide Economists might encourage the the unintended benefits that accrue what to include and what to exclude. rational pursuit of self interest, with the from it, as a reliable path to the Can actions be philanthropic if they are unintended benefits that accrue from it, greater good. Politicians might be rooted in self-interest? If they are as a reliable path
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Jan 3, 2006
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