3E1 will be dealing with this issue, and I think it is a very relevant one, given the recent NKF debacle. Ivan has been elected to represent the class, but I add, as always, that he is merely the frontman. The real effort must come from the class via research, useful links and suggestions for organization.
What are my thoughts on this topic? Well, I think it depends on how we are defining charity, and what we imply by the word ‘ulterior’. Basically, ulterior motives are those that are hidden for some reason or other. For example, if a large company makes a donation and then insists on publicising it, then the main motive may not be the stated one of helping an institution, but the hidden one of gaining free publicity and goodwill. The question, though, is not whether some acts acts of charity are motivated by other factors than the most obvious. The question is- is it possible to be completely altruistic? Is anyone ever really altruistic?
What are your thoughts on the issue?