Contrasting Models to Community Welfare: Plato and Maimonides

By Jacob Kellner

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), September 1974

The author asserts that the solution of social problems can be approached from two angles: the political or the humanitarian. The author compares the political model to the philosophy of Plato and the humanitarian model to the philosophy of Maimonides. In the Platonic State, social services are a planned, bureaucratic function, whereas in the Maimonidean conception help for social problems is bound up in interpersonal relations, a personal response to the need of one's fellow. Social work, argues the author, is a combination of the values of both models.

Topic: Social Services, Jewish Organizations, Values

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 51/No. 1

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Language: English

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Kellner, Jacob. Contrasting Models to Community Welfare: Plato and Maimonides. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). September 1974: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=451


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