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Gambling: Mapping the American Moral Landscape

Alan Wolfe and Erik C. Owens, Editors

Baylor Press, 2009.

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Read more about the gambling conference held in October 2007.

Why is gambling so accepted in the U.S. while other historical vices, such as smoking and drinking, continue to evoke morality-based opposition? That simple but intriguing question guides this pathbreaking volume, the first interdisciplinary academic study of gambling. Led by the renowned Alan Wolfe and Erik Owens with essays by experts at the country's premiere centers in public policy, clinical addiction, law, gaming, psychology, sociology, moral philosophy, theology, and the arts, Gambling: Mapping the American Moral Landscape is a tour de force examination of this booming cultural and moral phenomenon that is so intricately woven into the fabric of American life. Both an attempt to understand gambling and an effort to predict its future consequences, the book is evocative and critical reading for American civic and church leaders, activists, historians, and government officials.


Book cover for School Choice: The Moral Debate

School Choice: The Moral Debate

Edited by Alan Wolfe

Princeton University Press, 2003.

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Read more about the school choice conference held in March 2001.

School choice has lately risen to the top of the list of potential solutions to America's educational problems, particularly for the poor and the most disadvantaged members of society. Indeed, in the last few years several states have held referendums on the use of vouchers in private and parochial schools, and more recently, the Supreme Court reviewed the constitutionality of a scholarship program that uses vouchers issued to parents. While there has been much debate over the empirical and methodological aspects of school choice policies, discussions related to the effects such policies may have on the nation's moral economy and civil society have been few and far between. School Choice, a collection of essays by leading philosophers, historians, legal scholars, and theologians, redresses this situation by addressing the moral and normative side of school choice.