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Die Risiken eines Philanthropen – Philanthropisches Handeln unter Beruecksichtigung risikoethischer Entscheidungsansaetze (The Risks of a Philanthropist: Philanthropic Acts in the Light of Risk-Ethical Decision Approaches)

Georg von Schnurbein

Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik - Journal for Business, Economics & Ethics, 2014, vol. 15, issue 1, 85-103

Abstract: Philanthropisches Handeln bezweckt die Zustands- oder Verhaltensveraenderung im Leben anderer Menschen. Trotz der altruistischen Grundhaltung kommt nicht zuletzt durch die aktuelle Diskussion um Wirkungsmessung und Professionalisierung in der Philanthropie die Frage auf, welche Konsequenzen eine Wohltat hat und inwiefern ein Philanthrop diese vorab zu beruecksichtigen hat. Mit Hilfe von risikoethischen Entscheidungsansaetzen diskutiert der Beitrag Risiken fuer den Philanthropen und andere. (Philanthropic acts aim at a change in condition or habits in the life of others. The current debate on performance measurement and professionalization of the philanthropic sector leads - despite the altruistic tenor of the acts – to the question, which consequences the beneficence has and to what extent a philanthropist has to take them into account in advance. Based on risk-ethical decision approaches this paper discusses several risks for the philanthropist and others. Practical examples and theoretical considerations are used to elaborate specific risks of philanthropy. Afterwards three elementary parameters are presented that a philanthropist may use in order to reduce the probability of the aforementioned risks.)

Keywords: Voluntariness; Common Public Interest; Philantropy; Risk-Ethics; Foundations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 A14 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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