Famine, Affluence, and Morality

Hardcover | November 10, 2015

byPeter Singer

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In 1972, the young philosopher Peter Singer published "Famine, Affluence and Morality," which rapidly became one of the most widely discussed essays in applied ethics. Through this article, Singer presents his view that we have the same moral obligations to those far away as we do to thoseclose to us. He argued that choosing not to send life-saving money to starving people on the other side of the earth is the moral equivalent of neglecting to save drowning children because we prefer not to muddy our shoes. If we can help, we must - and any excuse is hypocrisy. Singer's extreme standon our moral obligations to others became a powerful call to arms and continues to challenge people's attitudes towards extreme poverty. Today, it remains a central touchstone for those who argue we should all help others more than we do. As Bill and Melinda Gates observe in their foreword, in the age of today's global philanthropy, Singer's essay is as relevant now as it ever was. This attractively packaged, concise edition collects the original article, two of Singer's more recent popular writings on our obligations to othersaround the world, and a new introduction by Singer that discusses his current thinking.

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In 1972, the young philosopher Peter Singer published "Famine, Affluence and Morality," which rapidly became one of the most widely discussed essays in applied ethics. Through this article, Singer presents his view that we have the same moral obligations to those far away as we do to thoseclose to us. He argued that choosing not to sen...

Peter Singer has been described as the world's most influential philosopher. His books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death, One World, The Life You Can Save, and The Point of View of the Universe. In 2014 the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute ranked him third on its list of Global Thought Leaders, and Tim...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 7 × 4 × 0.98 inPublished:November 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190219203

ISBN - 13:9780190219208

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Table of Contents

Bill and Melinda Gates: ForewordPeter Singer: PrefaceAcknowledgmentsFamine, Affluence, and MoralityThe Singer Solution to World PovertyWhat Should a Billionaire Give - and What Should You?Index