The problem of poverty is global in scope and has devastating consequences for many essential aspects of life: health, education, political participation, autonomy, and psychological well-being. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Poverty presents the current state of philosophical research on poverty in its breadth and depth. It features 39 chapters divided into five thematic sections:

  1. Concepts, theories, and philosophical aspects of poverty research
  2. Poverty in the history of Western philosophy and philosophical traditions
  3. Poverty in non-Western philosophical thought
  4. Key ethical concepts and poverty
  5. Social and political issues

The handbook not only addresses questions concerning individual, collective, and institutional responsibility towards people in extreme poverty and the moral wrong of poverty, but it also tackles emerging applied issues that are connected to poverty such as gender, race, education, migration, and climate change. Additionally, it features perspectives on poverty from the history of Western philosophy, as well as non-Western views that explore issues unique to the Global South. Finally, the chapters in the first part provide an overview of the most important aspects of social science poverty research, which serves as an excellent resource for philosophers and philosophy students unfamiliar with how poverty is empirically researched in practice.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Poverty is an essential resource for students and researchers in philosophy, political science, sociology, development studies, and public policy who are working on poverty.

chapter |7 pages

Philosophy and Poverty


part I|79 pages

Concepts, Theories, and Philosophical Aspects of Poverty Research

chapter 1|18 pages

Monetary Poverty

chapter 2|12 pages

Capabilities and Poverty

chapter 3|11 pages

Social Exclusion and Poverty

chapter 4|11 pages

Philosophy, Poverty, and Inequality

Normative and Applied Reflections

chapter 6|14 pages

Ethics in Poverty Research

part II|103 pages

Poverty in the History of Philosophy and Philosophical Traditions

part III|79 pages

Poverty in Non-Western Philosophical Thought

part IV|96 pages

Key Ethical Concepts and Poverty

chapter 21|12 pages

Duties and Poverty

chapter 22|14 pages

Poverty and Human Dignity

What Is the Relationship?

chapter 23|14 pages

Entitled to a Good Life Without Qualification

How Poverty Wrongs Those Experiencing It

chapter 24|14 pages

Recognition and Poverty

chapter 25|12 pages

Autonomy and Poverty

part V|146 pages

Social and Political Issues

chapter 28|12 pages

Global Justice and Poverty

chapter 29|11 pages

Poverty and Social Justice

chapter 30|12 pages

Welfare State and Poverty

chapter 32|16 pages

Poverty, Health, and Justice

chapter 33|13 pages

Development Policy and Poverty

chapter 34|11 pages

Climate Change and Poverty

chapter 35|8 pages

Migration and Poverty

chapter 36|11 pages

Education and Poverty

chapter 37|16 pages

Gender and Poverty

chapter 38|13 pages

The Economy and Poverty

chapter 39|10 pages

Child Poverty