Chapter

<b>Begging</b> <b>Begging</b>

Christine Sypnowich

in The Egalitarian Conscience

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199281688
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603747 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199281688.003.0010
   Begging     Begging

Show Summary Details

Preview

This essay considers the moral dilemma confronting pedestrians who encounter beggars in well-off societies governed by social welfare systems. If Cohen’s call for extending the scope of justice to the domain of the personal is taken seriously, it would seem to call for generosity towards people who ask for money on city streets. It is argued that principles of justice, in fact, tell against giving alms. The phenomenology of begging rightly produces ambivalence among advantaged persons who are asked to contribute to the disadvantaged, in an ad hoc and unsystematic way.

Keywords: begging; charity; equality; justice; duty; citizenship

Chapter.  8235 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.