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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
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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 --
Index.
Responsibility: Judith Lichtenberg.

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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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