Political Theory

Giving and Human Excellence


This conference invited conferees, through discussion of essays, short stories, and religious texts, to explore fundamental questions about giving and its relationship to personal responsibility. Among the questions addressed: Is there something flawed about the lives of individuals or communities in which giving plays no role? How do we distinguish between more or less “deserving” recipients to whom we might give? Should giving be a matter of social obligation?


Conference Readings

Kass, Amy. The Perfect Gift. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.

Moliere, “The Miser” In The Miser and Other Plays, New York: Penguin Books, 2000. 147-216.