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The Paradox of Wealth and Poverty: Mapping the Ethical Dilemmas of Global Development

We live in a time of human paradoxes. Scientific knowledge has reached a level of sophistication that permits understanding of the most arcane phenomena and yet religious fundamentalism dominates in many parts of the world. We witness the emergence of a civil, liberal constitutionalism in many regions of the world and yet ethnic violence threatens the lives and dignity of millions. And we live in a time of rapid economic and technological advance and yet several billions of people live in persistent debilitating poverty. In this book, Daniel Little dissects these paradoxes offering the clearest perspective on how best to approach international development.Using both empirical and philosophical approaches, Little provides a schematic acquaintance with the most important facts about global development at the turn of the twentieth century. In doing so, he explores what appear to be the most relevant moral principles and insights that ought to be invoked as we consider these facts and then draws conclusions about what sorts of values and goals ought to guide economic development in the twenty-first century.
The Paradox of Wealth and Poverty: Mapping the Ethical Dilemmas of Global Development
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We live in a time of human paradoxes. Scientific knowledge has reached a level of sophistication that permits understanding of the most arcane phenomena and yet religious fundamentalism dominates in many parts of the world. We witness the emergence of a civil, liberal constitutionalism in many regions of the world and yet ethnic violence threatens the lives and dignity of millions. And we live in a time of rapid economic and technological advance and yet several billions of people live in persistent debilitating poverty. In this book, Daniel Little dissects these paradoxes offering the clearest perspective on how best to approach international development. Using both empirical and philosophical approaches, Little provides a schematic acquaintance with the most important facts about global development at the turn of the twentieth century. In doing so, he explores what appear to be the most relevant moral principles and insights that ought to be invoked as we consider these facts and then draws conclusions about what sorts of values and goals ought to guide economic development in the twenty-first century.
Daniel Little is chancellor of the U niversity of Michigan-Dearborn. He holds a B.S. d egree in mathematics and A.B. in philosophy, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University. His honors include the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award for Varieties of Social Explanatio n and a Social Science Research Council/MacAr thur Foundation Fellowship in International Peace and Security.
Author
Daniel Little
Short Title
PARADOX OF WEALTH & POVERTY
Publisher
Westview Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
0813316421
ISBN-13
9780813316420
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
174
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2003
Publication Date
2003-01-31
Imprint
Westview Press Inc
Place of Publication
Boulder, CO
Country of Publication
United States
Subtitle
Mapping the Ethical Dilemmas of Global Development
Pages
304
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