Conversations On Philanthropy
Emerging Questions on Liberality and Social Thought


Aims and Scope

Conversations on Philanthropy: Emerging Questions on Liberality and Social Thought aim is to promote inquiry and reflection on the importance of liberality—in the dual sense of generosity and of the character befitting free individuals—for the flourishing of local communities, political societies, and humanity in general. As such we seek to open new perspectives on the roles, theories, and practices of philanthropic activities ranging from charitable giving, the actions of eleemosynary organizations, trusts, foundations, voluntary associations, and fraternal societies to volunteerism, mutual aid, social entrepreneurship and other forms of social action with beneficent intention (whether or not also combined with commercial and/or political purposes). To facilitate conversations among traditional academic disciplines, Conversations on Philanthropy  will include papers from a number of fields, including history, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, philanthropic studies, religious studies, belles lettres, law, and the physical sciences, as well as from philanthropic practitioners. Published comments on feature essays are a means of providing a transparent peer-review process to enhance interdisciplinary understanding.

Editorial Correspondence

Conversations on Philanthropy  typically features “Conversations” (a lead article with several comments) or “Symposia” (several essays on a single topic with or without commentary). Miscellaneous items, including essays, poetry, book reviews and commentaries may also be published. Material published in Conversations on Philanthropy  is typically solicited by the Editors. Authors who would like to submit material for consideration should first submit a brief abstract to:

Lenore T. Ealy, Ph.D.
PO Box 4449
Carmel, IN 46082
E-mail: [email protected].

For detailed instructions concerning the submission of manuscripts, please contact the Editor.

Subscription Rates

The electronic version of the journal (ISSN 2150-0959) is updated as new material is ready for publication. The printed version of the journal (ISSN 1552-9592) is published annually. The electronic version of the journal can be accessed on the internet (

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The Owner, Publisher, and Editors cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this journal; the views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Owner, Publisher, and Editors, neither does the publication of advertisements constitute any endorsement by the Owner, Publisher, and Editors of the products advertised. All responsibilities for the contents of articles belong to the authors.