Emma Saunders-Hastings: Philanthropy and Democracy


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Inquiries around the ethics of philanthropy might seem pretty cut-and-dry at first glance. Are the people receiving donations better off than they were before they received help? Even if the answer to that question is yes, political theorist Emma Saunders-Hastings argues that it’s not the only critical question we should be asking about philanthropy. On this episode of the podcast, we discuss her new book, Private Virtues, Public Vices: Philanthropy and Democratic Equality.

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Links to people and ideas mentioned in the show

  1. Emma Saunders-Hastings, Private Virtues, Public Vices: Philanthropy and Democratic Equality
  2. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  3. Give Directly

Please note that the Prindle Institute does not endorse any of the organizations linked in the show notes.


Thanks to Evelyn Brosius for our logo. Music featured in the show:

Gin Boheme” by Blue Dot Sessions

Songe d’Automne” by Latché Swing from the Free Music Archive. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 FR

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