Philosophy applied to social welfare: the philosophy of, for, with, and against social welfare

Grimwood, Tom ORCID logo ORCID: and Love, Sarah (2023) Philosophy applied to social welfare: the philosophy of, for, with, and against social welfare. In: Wollman, Neil and Love, Carolyn, (eds.) Reinventing society with philosophy, religion, and science. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, pp. 72-91.

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This chapter examines the "of" when discussing the "philosophy of" social welfare and its demands. It analyzes the link (the "of") between traditional philosophy and welfare practices, such as policy making, implementation, administration, and delivery. How do philosophers address broad-based questions, such as what are the state's responsibilities to its citizens? Which needs and rights should affect public decision-making? And how to distribute welfare equitably? Those tasked with delivering welfare – not just the policy architects but the social workers, social care support staff, health professionals, and so on – may turn the tables on these important philosophical questions. Instead, they may ask how philosophy is best distributed within the provision of welfare? Where should philosophy be located, with policymakers, academia, social workers, clients, etc.? And what effects should philosophy have on and in social welfare systems? The traditional "philosophy of" arrangement sits apart from the practical application of welfare professionals. Often, the "of"-relationship suggests a certain critical distance that sometimes forms an unhelpful hierarchy. By examining these conventional philosophical frameworks, the practitioner can uncover the layers of unhelpful hierarchy that influence their jobs.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781527592384
Departments: Health and Society Knowledge Exchange (HASKE)
Additional Information: Chapter four within book.
Depositing User: Tom Grimwood
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2023 16:48
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 14:45


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