‘Tis the season of… many holidays and events both religious and secular, marking the end of one year and beginning of another. Many if not most of these holidays and events usually involve gifts, and America’s economy relies in large part on the extra buying people do at this time of gift-giving and receiving. This platform address will explore some of the ethical issues surrounding gifts, such as why we give gifts, what gifts communicate, and questions that “the season of giving” raises about our commercialized culture and our economy.
NOTE: In this platform Kate read’s Patrick McDonnell’s delightful book The Gift of Nothing. This section has been removed to protect the author’s copyright.