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Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 449–452 | Cite as

Schweiger, G & Graf, G (2015). A Philosophical Examination of Social Justice and Child Poverty

Palgrave Macmillan (978-1-137-42601-7)
  • Alexander Bagattini
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Child-poverty is certainly a thorn in the side of all societies that are at least bound to humanist ideals such as those of equality, respect and dignity. Sadly enough, the figures speak for themselves: according to the latest 2016-inquiry by the European Commission’s Eurostat, up to 25% of children in Europe are threatened by poverty. It must be feared, furthermore, that the arrival of the many refugees during the past years has rendered the situation even worse.

Nonetheless, political initiatives against child-poverty remain rare, mainly for political and economic reasons. While this comes very close to a declaration of social bankruptcy, there might indeed be normativeobstacles for solving the problem of child-poverty. It seems to be a truism that child-poverty is highly unjust to the concerned children. However, in which sense is it unjust? Does it deprive children from having equal opportunities or from having access to an adequate amount of recourses, does it render children...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LMU MunichMunichGermany

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