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Beggar Your Neighbour (Or Why You Do Want to Pay Your Taxes)

Munoz-Darde, V; Martin, MGF; (2018) Beggar Your Neighbour (Or Why You Do Want to Pay Your Taxes). In: O'Neill, M and Orr, S, (eds.) Taxation: Philosophical Perspectives. (pp. 124-146). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper looks at moral justifications for funding welfare benefits through general taxation rather than seeking to support it through charitable giving. That is, the parties to the debate are assumed to accept the moral imperative to support the destitute, and the political question is whether there is any requirement to do so through taxation. Through exploring parallels between begging and the raising of charitable donations, we offer a justification for using taxation which has echoes, but contrasts with, a famous proposal by Thomas Nagel.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Beggar Your Neighbour (Or Why You Do Want to Pay Your Taxes)
ISBN: 0199609225
ISBN-13: 9780199609222
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/taxation-9...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Taxation, charity, needs, reasonable rejection, Nagel, Nozick, Scanlon
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050498
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