Enduring Ideas: The Problem of Philanthropy – 1st March 2016

January 21, 2016

In the fourth lecture of our series, Dr Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy, at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, discusses philanthropy.

‘Philanthropy’, or more literally, ‘love of humankind’, should be an uncontroversial activity, especially as the voluntary redistribution of resources has been a feature of every society throughout time. But it rouses passionate debate among both advocates and detractors. For some philanthropists are paternalistic, even elitist but for others the benefits of giving outweigh negative perceptions. Is philanthropy undermining the contemporary welfare state consensus? Dr. Breeze will discuss the role of philanthropy in contemporary society, explore why it is seen as a problem, and suggest how we might find some common ground between its critics and champions.

Tuesday 1 March 2016
18.30 – 20.00
£8 / £6 / £5
Terrace Restaurant
British Library
London NW1 2DB
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The event is followed by a pay bar until 20.45

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