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Distant strangers : ethics, psychology, and global poverty

Author: Judith Lichtenberg
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2014 [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
What must affluent people do to alleviate global poverty? This question has occupied moral and political philosophers for forty years. But the controversy has reached an impasse: approaches like utilitarianism and libertarianism either demand too much of ordinary mortals or else let them off the hook. In Distant Strangers, Judith Lichtenberg shows how a preoccupation with standard moral theories and with the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Lichtenberg
ISBN: 9780521763318 0521763312 9780521124621 052112462X
OCLC Number: 852031118
Description: xii, 276 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
Entanglement and the claims of mere humanity --
Duties and rights, charity and justice --
"Negative" and "positive" duties --
Oughts and cans --
Why people do what others do --
and why that's not so bad --
Whose poor? / who's poor? : deprivation within and across borders --
Hopefully helping: the perils of giving --
On motives and morality --
Conclusion: Morality for mere mortals --
Works cited --
Responsibility: Judith Lichtenberg.


Lichtenberg argues for a practical and moral approach to reducing poverty, exploring concepts such as altruism, responding to criticisms of the effectiveness of aid, and asking whether and how the  Read more...
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