Political Theory

Liberty and Authority in the History of Philanthropy, Charity, and Welfare


This colloquium mainly comprised a group of academics and professionals from healthcare and philanthropic foundations. It was designed to study the respective roles of liberty and authority in the development and workings of private philanthropy, voluntary charity, and public welfare in society.


Conference Readings

Acton, H. B. The Morals of Markets and Related Essays. Edited by David Gordon and Jeremy Shearmur. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1993.

Bartholomew, James. The Welfare State We're In. London: Politico's Publishing Ltd, 2004.

Dennis O'Keefe. Economy and Virtue. London: The Institute of Economic Affairs, 2005.

Green, David. “Medical Care before the NHS.” Economic Affairs 14, no. 5 (1994): 16-21.

Mandeville, Bernard. The Fable of the Bees, or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, Volume I. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1988.

Marts, Arnaud. Philanthropy's Role in Civilization. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1991.

Meadowcroft, John. The Ethics of the Market. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Quine, Maria Sophia. Italy's Social Revolution: Charity and Welfare from Liberalism to Facism. Hampshire, UK: Plagrave Macmillan, 2002.

Seldon, Arthur. The Collected Works of Arthur Seldon, Volume VI: The Welfare State, Pensions, Health, and Education. Edited by Colin Robinson. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2005.

Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Indianapolis: LibertyClassics, 1969, 1976.

Trattner, Walter I.. From Poor Law to Welfare State. New York: The Free Press, 1998.