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Greed and Injustice in Classical Athens by Ryan K. Balot

Greed and Injustice in Classical Athens by Ryan K. Balot
English | Nov 1, 2001 | ISBN: 069104855X | 280 Pages | PDF | 20 MB

In this original and rewarding combination of intellectual and political history, Ryan Balot offers a thorough historical and sociological interpretation of classical Athens centered on the notion of greed. Integrating ancient philosophy, poetry, and history, and drawing on modern political thought, the author demonstrates that the Athenian discourse on greed was an essential component of Greek social development and political history.

Over time, the Athenians developed sophisticated psychological and political accounts of acquisitiveness and a correspondingly rich vocabulary to describe and condemn it. Greed figures repeatedly as an object of criticism in authors as diverse as Solon, Thucydides, and Plato–all of whom addressed the social disruptions caused by it, as well as the inadequacy of lives focused on it. Because of its ethical significance, greed surfaced frequently in theoretical debates about democracy and oligarchy. Ultimately, critiques of greed–particularly the charge that it is unjust–were built into the robust accounts of justice formulated by many philosophers, including Plato and Aristotle. Such critiques of greed both reflected and were inextricably knitted into economic history and political events, including the coups of 411 and 404 B.C.

Balot contrasts ancient Greek thought on distributive justice with later Western traditions, with implications for political and economic history well beyond the classical period. Because the belief that greed is good holds a dominant position in modern justifications of capitalism, this study provides a deep historical context within which such justifications can be reexamined and, perhaps, found wanting.

Assessing Social Impact of Social Enterprises

Assessing Social Impact of Social Enterprises: Does One Size Really Fit All?
Springer | Business & Management | March 6 2015 | ISBN-10: 3319153137 | 120 pages | pdf | 3.65 mb

by Cecilia Grieco (Author)

About the Book
This book explores the diversity of Social Impact Assessment (SIA) models and outlines a self-assessment on models to support social entrepreneurs. The chapters trace the concept and origins of social entrepreneurship and elicits current implementation of SIA models by social enterprises. The comprehensive review of over seventy five SIA models will be especially useful for social entrepreneurs and researchers.

About the Author
Cecilia Grieco holds a PhD in Communication, Interculturality and Organizations from LUMSA University. She was also a visiting scholar at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam during her doctoral studies. Her research focus is on Social Impact Assessment in social enterprises and third sector organizations, including marketing and communication, CSR and social innovation.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Impact assessment models – Self assessment – Social entrepreneurship – Social finance – non-profit

Related subjects » Entrepreneurship – Social Policy / Labor / Population Economics – Social Sciences

Habermas: A Very Short Introduction (Repost)

Habermas: A Very Short Introduction By James Gordon Finlayson
2005 | 184 Pages | ISBN: 0192840959 | EPUB + MOBI | 1 MB

Jürgen Habermas is the most renowned living German philosopher. This book aims to give a clear and readable overview of his philosophical work. It analyzes both the theoretical underpinnings of Habermas's social theory, and its more concrete applications in the fields of ethics, politics, and law. Finally, it examines how Habermas's social and political theory informs his writing on real, current political and social problems.

The author explores Habermas's influence on a wide variety of fields–including philosophy, political and social theory, cultural studies, sociology, and literary studies. He uses a problem-based approach to explain how Habermas's ideas can be applied to actual social and political situations. The book also includes a glossary of technical terms to further acquaint the reader with Habermas's philosophy. Unlike other writing on Habermas, this Introduction is accessibly written and explains his intellectual framework and technical vocabulary, rather than simply adopting it.

The Fastend Story

The Fastend Story by Bart Lubbers
English | 23 Mar. 2015 | ASIN: B00UZ9C126 | 140 Pages | AZW3/MOBI/EPUB/PDF (conv) | 18.6 MB

“I’m watching the state notary in suspense. He shakes the biscuit tin and briskly produces a lot. ‘Knorrestein Service Area: number 1 Fastned.’ I glance at my Fastned partner Michiel Langezaal. He can’t help grinning. We’ve got that one too!”
This is one of the exhilarating episodes in The Fastned Story, which relates the account of the Dutch start-up, and brainchild of Bart Lubbers and Michiel Langezaal. Fastned is the first company in the world to build a nationwide charging station network for electric cars. This is the solution to the chicken and egg problem that has hampered their take-off.
The Fastned Story reads like an adventure book. You join the pioneers as hey deal with setbacks, solve puzzles, and savor their victories. The Fastned Story shows the realities of a start-up, and is an eyewitness account of the rise of electric cars.

BART LUBBERS is an entrepreneur, and founded Fastned with Michiel Langezaal.
He read history at the University of Utrecht and did an MBA at the Rotterdam
School of Management. Bart is also one of the founders of the Dutch edition of the newspaper Metro.