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Title: R.H. Tawney's theory of equality : a theological and ethical analysis
Author: Robinson, S. J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1990
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The first part of this thesis sets out the meaning and justification of equality in Tawney's writing (chapters one and two). The complex view of equality which this uncovers is seen to withstand the majority of ethical and theological criticisms (chapter three), and to be distinctive in relation to Christian and Socialist views (chapter four). Tawney's view is then set in a wider context. First, the influence of this view of equality is examined, both in theological and socialist writers. In this, it is argued that whilst there is a broad evidence of a Tawney tradition, there are important differences in terms of equality, in the writers which followed Tawney. These involve both fundamental differences and modifications or developments. Secondly, Tawney's view is compared to recent views of both marginal and global equality. It is argued that the meaning and justification of equality as seen from Tawney's writings is more compelling than such views. The thesis concludes that despite some flaws in Tawney's view of equality, it has an important contribution to make, both to the theology and philosophy of equality, and that the Christian concept of equality should be more rigorously developed and defended, both at a theoretical and practical level.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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