Social welfare and the art of giving

John Hills

in Welfare and wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342997
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304203 | DOI:
Social welfare and the art of giving

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This chapter presages some of the arguments developed much more fully in Titmuss's later book The gift relationship. It notes Titmuss's argument that, ‘altruism by strangers for strangers was and is an attempt to fill a moral void created by applied science’. It further notes that Titmuss's main concern is to attack those, such as Seymour Lipset (1960) or Daniel Bell (1960), who had proclaimed the end of political ideology, as the terms of the ‘post-war consensus’ narrowed debate from major differences in views of the role of the state to minor disputes which made changes of political control of little importance.

Keywords: altruism; strangers; moral void; applied science; Seymour Lipset; Daniel Bell; political ideology; post-war consensus; political control

Chapter.  4393 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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