Aug 14, 2017
In episode 7 of the Giving Thought podcast Rhod and Adam take a
look at the origins of philanthropy, including:
- Altruism and Evolution: why does the existence of altruistic
behaviour continue to present a significant challenge for
evolutionary theory? Can this add to our understanding of
philanthropy, and if so how?
- A Brief History of Western Philanthropy: we attempt to cover
the 450 or so years since the birth of modern philanthropy in
roughly 3 minutes. Including: the Reformation and its role in the
emergence of secular forms of giving, the development of
associational philanthropy and the charitable organisation, the use
of social research and the role of philanthropy in shaping state
provision of welfare.
- Non-western philanthropic traditions: we look at some of the
other traditions of giving around the world, and ask whether
efforts to develop a philanthropic culture should do more to build
on these existing forms of generosity and altruism.
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