Is inherited wealth moral



Wealth polarizes. It is admired and recognized, criticized or arouses envy. Rich people hide their prosperity, put it on display in a provocative manner or use it in public patronage. In addition, there is wealth that goes beyond any dimension without the scope and origin of such wealth becoming transparent. According to Martin Schürz, societies that care about social justice have to keep an eye on the problematic relationships between the individually developed achievement of a person and an excess, literally undeserved, that is inherited or comes from capital gains. In view of their immense material resources, over-riches are often far beyond general standards, duties and expectations. Abundance is also vulnerable from a moral point of view: While poor people often have to justify themselves for it, abundance is still transfigured by an aura of merit. With various references to the history of ideas, Schürz explains where and why until today philanthropy or mercy, donations or patronage, especially the super-rich, obscured the problem of excess and thus prevent steps towards a more just (world) society.

Author: Martin Schürz, Pages: 226, Date of publication: October 12, 2020, Place of publication: Bonn, Order number: 10552