Moral Demands of Affluence

ISBN-10: 0199204152

ISBN-13: 9780199204151

Edition: 2006

Authors: Garrett Cullity

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How much are we morally required to do to help people who are much worse off than us? on any credible moral outlook, other people's pressing need for assistance can ground moral requirements on us to help them---requirements of beneficence. How far do those requirements extend? One way to think about this is by means of a simple analogy: an analogy between joining in efforts to help people at a distance and rescuing a needy person yourself, directly. Part I of Garrett Cullity's book examines this analogy. in some ways, the analogy is not only simple, but politically and metaphysically simplistic. However, it contains an important truth: we are morally required to help other people, indirectly as well as directly. But the number of needy people in the world is enormous, and their need is very great. Once we start to recognize requirements to help them, when is it morally acceptable to stop? Cullity answers this question in Part II. Examining the nature of beneficence, he argues that its requirements only make sense on the assumption that many of the interests we share in common-rich and poor alike-are interests it is not wrong to pursue.
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List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Introduction
Demands
The Life-Saving Analogy
An Argument from Beneficence
Objections to Aid
Saving Lives
The Extreme Demand
Problems of Demandingness
Limits
Impartiality, Fairness, and Beneficence
The Rejection of the Extreme Demand
Permission
Requirement
Overview
Poverty and Aid
The Cost of Saving a Life
Notes
References
Index
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