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A C Grayling: What is poverty?

The existence of absolute poverty today points to the indifference of many in the rich world

By AC Grayling  

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Free download: Poverty in the UK: Can it be eradicated—expert essays with contributions from Roger Scruton, Rowan Williams, Bonnie Greer and AC Grayling

In this essay, the philosopher AC Grayling disentangles the many meanings of poverty, paying particular attention to the distinction between the “absolute” and “relative” construals of the term. Both kinds of poverty should concern us, Grayling argues. They both involve “suffering, the loss of human potential, and barriers to opportunity”. Poverty, therefore, is a moral…

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