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Donald Morris, a University of Illinois Springfield emeritus professor of accounting, has written a new book, “Economic Inequality: Utopian Explorations.”

In the book, Morris explores the issue of economic disparity through the lens of utopian literature, offering fresh insights into potential solutions and societal ramifications. Departing from conventional economic treatises, Morris adopts a transdisciplinary approach, drawing on literary utopias and social philosophy to challenge prevailing moral assumptions about inequality and envision alternative futures.

Praised by esteemed scholars in the field, including Kenneth Roemer, emeritus fellow at the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and Tom Boland, senior lecturer in sociology at University College Cork, Morris' book navigates through the utopian landscapes of late nineteenth-century America and beyond. By exploring a diverse array of utopian visions, Morris enriches the discourse on inequality, highlighting the importance of utopian alternatives in addressing persistent social challenges.

Before his 25-year teaching tenure, Morris spent 18 years as a practicing CPA in the Chicago area, during which he owned and managed his own accounting firm catering to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Morris holds a doctorate in philosophy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a master’s degree in taxation from DePaul University in Chicago.

Morris' previous works, include "Taxation in Utopia: Required Sacrifice and the General Welfare" (SUNY Press 2020) and "Opportunity: Optimizing Life's Chances" (Prometheus Books 2006).

The book is available for purchase as an eBook or in softcover from Peter Lang Publishers.