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A radical humanist approach to social welfare

Dean, Hartley (2020) A radical humanist approach to social welfare. Ethics and Social Welfare, 14 (4). 353 - 368. ISSN 1749-6535

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17496535.2020.1777454


This conceptual paper presents a radical humanist framing of the relationship between human needs and social welfare. It draws and develops its conceptualisation of radical humanism from the early philosophical writings of Marx in which he identified the radical constitutive needs of the human species. It seeks to translate the definitive characteristics of humanity’s ‘species being’ – namely consciousness, ‘work’, sociality and historical development – into overarching claims or social rights to autonomous thinking, creative activity, mutual caring and human progress. It argues for a ‘needs- first ethos’ from within which critically to evaluate welfare policy and practice, and through which to conceptualise approaches that humanise rather than dehumanise.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2020 16:30
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:51

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