In his new book, Is The Welfare State Justified?, philosopher Daniel Shapiro insightfully combines moral and political philosophy with social science.

Daniel Shapiro is associate professor of Philosophy at West Virginia University. He has published numerous articles in social and political philosophy and public policy.

In his new book, Is The Welfare State Justified?, philosopher Daniel Shapiro insightfully combines moral and political philosophy with contemporary social science to argue that proponents of the welfare state — egalitarians, communitarians, and liberals alike — have misunderstood the implications of their own principles, which in fact support more market‐​based or libertarian institutional conclusions than most people realize.