Philosophy and Poverty

Dimensions of Poverty

Measurement, Epistemic Injustices, Activism

Editors: Beck, Valentin, Hahn, Henning, Lepenies, Robert (Eds.)

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  • Includes two open access chapters
  • Is the only book to date that deals with poverty conceptualization, measurement, and alleviation from such a broad perspective
  • Combines perspectives from development studies, political science, moral philosophy and social theory
  • Includes contributions that are devoted to relational, political and epistemic poverty
  • Deals with normative and technical problems of multidimensional poverty measurement
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This anthology constitutes an important contribution to the interdisciplinary debate on poverty measurement and alleviation. Absolute and relative poverty—both within and across state boundaries—are standardly measured and evaluated in monetary terms. However, poverty researchers have highlighted the shortfalls of one-dimensional monetary metrics. A new consensus is emerging that effectively addressing poverty requires a nuanced understanding of poverty as a relational phenomenon involving deprivations in multiple dimensions, including health, standard of living, education and political participation. 

This volume advances the debate on poverty by providing a forum for philosophers and empirical researchers. It combines philosophically sound analysis and genuinely global research on poverty's social embeddedness. Next to an introduction to this interdisciplinary field—which links Practical Philosophy, Development Economics, Political Science, and Sociology—it contains articles by leading international experts and early career scholars. The contributors analyse the concept of poverty, detail its  multiple dimensions, reveal epistemic injustices in poverty research, and reflect on the challenges of poverty-related social activism. The unifying theme connecting this volume's contributions is that poverty must be understood as a multidimensional and socially relational phenomenon, and that this insight can enhance our efforts to measure and alleviate poverty. 


About the authors

Valentin Beck is a Lecturer and Research Associate at the Institute of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin (2012-) and currently a Alexander von Humboldt Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (2018-20). His research is in Political and Moral Philosophy and Economic Ethics. In his monograph Eine Theorie der globalen Verantwortung (Berlin: Suhrkamp 2016), he developed an approach to global responsibilities, especially regarding poverty and structural injustice.  

 Henning Hahn is a Visiting Professor for Political Philosophy and Ethics at Freie Universität Berlin and former global justice research fellow at Yale University. Henning was one of the initiators of the German chapter of ASAP (academics stand against poverty). His major research interests include global justice, world poverty, political reconciliation and human rights.

 Robert Lepenies is a research scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, and member of the Global Young Academy. He works on the politics of nudging and on themes in the philosophy of the social sciences, international political economy and public policy (particularly environmental policy).

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Poverty Measurement, Epistemic Injustices and Social Activism

    Pages 1-20

    Beck, Valentin (et al.)

  • Beyond Poverty

    Pages 23-39

    Wolff, Jonathan

  • Poverty as a Social Relation

    Pages 41-55

    Putnam, Daniel

  • Metrics, Politics and Definitions: How Poverty Lost Its Social Context and What This Means for Current Debates

    Pages 57-73

    Lepenies, Philipp

  • Scientific Ghettos and Beyond. Epistemic Injustice in Academia and Its Effects on Researching Poverty

    Pages 77-95

    Dübgen, Franziska

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dimensions of Poverty
Book Subtitle
Measurement, Epistemic Injustices, Activism
Editors
  • Valentin Beck
  • Henning Hahn
  • Robert Lepenies
Series Title
Philosophy and Poverty
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31711-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31711-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31710-2
Series ISSN
2662-4389
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 412
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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