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Readings for Speakers & Events: Harlan Beckley 9/7/2014

Supporting readings for on-campus speakers and events.


Convocation address: “Poverty Studies:  A Liberal Arts Vocation?.”
Sunday, September 7, 7:00 p.m., Haggin Auditorium


Washington and Lee Bio


Beckley, Harlan. "A Focus On Poverty." Liberal Education 93.4 (2007): 46-51. Academic Search Complete. Web. 9 July 2014.
The article presents information on the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability at Washington and Lee University. The program established in 1997 aimed to educate the faculty and wealthy students about a social problem of which they had very little knowledge and less firsthand experience..

Beckley, Harlan. "Capability As Opportunity." Journal Of Religious Ethics 30.1 (2002): 107. Academic Search Complete. Web. 9 July 2014.
Focuses on the contributions of philosopher Amartya Sen on revising the concept of equal opportunity in the U.S. Notion of equal of opportunity; Support Sen's equality conception by theological understanding of love and grace; Details on conception of Sen on capabilities.

Beckley, Harlan. "Social science and theological ethics." Journal of Religious Ethics 1997: 343. Academic Search Complete. Web. 9 July 2014.
Opinion. Discusses the assertions made by author Mary E. Hobgood concerning the concept of social sciences and theological ethics. What arguments were made by Hobgood; Exploration of connections by Hobgood; Consistent development of Hobgood's structural analysis.

Beckley, Harlan R. "A Christian Affirmation Of Rawl's Idea Of Justice As Fairness--Part I." Journal Of Religious Ethics 13.2 (1985): 210. Academic Search Complete. Web. 9 July 2014.
This part of a two part essay claims that Christians, who affirm a distinctive ethic based in part on theological beliefs that others reject, confront a dilemma when they attempt to justify and advocate policies which determine the distribution of society's benefits and burdens. How are they to balance faithfulness to their distinctive beliefs and ethics with respect for the liberty of those who do not share their beliefs? I maintain that John Rawls's idea of justice as fairness can resolve this dilemma because it bases a conception of justice on general beliefs which can be shared by persons whose particular beliefs and ethics differ in part.

Beckley, Harlan R. . "A Christian Affirmation of Rawls's Idea of Justice as Fairness -- Part II." The Journal of Religious Ethics, 14.2 (Fall, 1986), pp. 229-246. JSTOR. Web. 9 July 2014.

Beckley, Harlan. "Facing Up To Inequalities Mind The Gap. (Cover Story)." Christian Century 120.12 (2003): 24. Academic Search Complete. Web. 9 July 2014.
Reviews several non-fiction books. 'Inequality and Christian Ethics,' by Douglas Hicks; 'The Common Good and Christian Ethics,' by David Hollenbach; 'What Government Can Do: Dealing With Poverty and Inequality,' by Benjamin I. Page and James R. Simmons; 'The New World of Welfare,' edited by Rebecca Blank and Ron Haskins.

Harlan Beckley. "Presidential Address: Moral Justifications for the Welfare State." Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics Vol. 21, (2001), pp. 3-22. JSTOR. Web. 9 July 2014.

Shepard Higher Education Consortium on Poverty