The primary focus of this volume is on justice and morality, the author supplying intellectual tools for distinguishing between morally acceptable and morally unacceptable forms of money lending and reserving the term 'usury' for its unacceptable variants. On this account, some forms of lending should be prohibited. Use is made of both historical material from debates on the immorality of usury and modern analytic political philosophy.
Adrian Walsh is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of New England, Australia. His main research areas are in Political Philosophy, the Philosophy of Economics and Applied Ethics. He has published articles on the morality of the profit motive, the moral hazards of commercial life, price and value, the professional remuneration of various occupational categories, and the history and development of medieval views on economic morality. He has co-authored Ethics Money and Sport (Routledge, 2007) and The Morality of Money (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and has also written more popular articles for a non-academic audience on such topics as the commercialization of sport and the morality of usury.