Inequality and Christian Ethics

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Cambridge University Press, 2000 M09 18 - 287 páginas
Inequality and Christian Ethics, first published in 2000, provides a moral and empirical analysis of contemporary social and economic inequality. Drawing on Christian social ethics, political philosophy, and development economics, the book seeks to create an interdisciplinary conversation that illuminates not only the contemporary realities and trends of inequality, but their moral significance as well. It is necessary to examine and understand inequality in various forms - which the book maps out - including disparity in income, education, and health as well as differentials based on race, ethnicity, gender, and nationality. The book draws in particular on the theological ethics of Gustavo Gutiérrez and H. Richard Niebuhr to provide a Christian ethical approach to inequality and well-being. It considers the 'capability approach' set forth by Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate in economics. Sen's framework helps Christians and other persons to add specificity to what the commitment to 'equality before God' would demand in social and economic relations.

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Introduction inequality matters
3
Inequality of what? interdisciplinary perspectives
17
International contexts of inequality
43
Inequalities in the United States
64
CONSTRUCTING A CHRISTIAN ETHICAL APPROACH
83
Christian ethics and theology in a pluralistic society
85
Equality before God in the thought of H Richard Niebuhr
114
Equality before God in the thought of Gustavo Gutierrez
140
Expanding public discourse on inequality
199
An application inequalities and human development
215
Conclusion implications for inequality and Christian ethics
231
The Gini coefficient inequality and valueclaims
247
Constructing Gini coefficients in income education and healthlongevity
252
The construction of the HDI and the IAHDI
257
Bibliography
261
Index
281

Solidarity selfhood and social goods
167
TRANSFORMING DISCOURSE PERSONS AND SOCIETIES
197

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