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These lectures are about the moral obligations that well-off people have toward poor people living in other countries. Poverty kills about one-third of humankind. Many philosophers argue that the average person in a rich country has a moral obligation to do something about this. These lectures introduce those arguments, as well as the objections that others have raised against them. They show how contemporary moral philosophy deals with what many regard as the most important moral problem facing the world today.

Global Poverty: Philosophical Questions Oxford University

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These lectures are about the moral obligations that well-off people have toward poor people living in other countries. Poverty kills about one-third of humankind. Many philosophers argue that the average person in a rich country has a moral obligation to do something about this. These lectures introduce those arguments, as well as the objections that others have raised against them. They show how contemporary moral philosophy deals with what many regard as the most important moral problem facing the world today.

    1. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 1

    1. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 1

    James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at Oxford University, introduces some of the key concepts in philosophical debates about global poverty. He then discusses Peter Singer's argument that not donating to aid agencies is as wrong as letting a drowning child die.

    • 52 Min.
    1. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 1 (Other Resource)

    1. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 1 (Other Resource)

    James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at Oxford University, introduces some of the key concepts in philosophical debates about global poverty. He then discusses Peter Singer's argument that not donating to aid agencies is as wrong as letting a drowning child die.

    2. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 2

    2. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 2

    James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses objections to the belief that well-off people have extremely demanding obligations to poor people in other countries. The views of J. L. Mackie, Bernard Williams, Samuel Scheffler, Liam Murphy and Garrett Cullity are considered. He then considers Murphy and Cullity's arguments that well-off people have less demanding obligations to poor people in other countries.

    • 52 Min.
    2. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 2 (Other Resource)

    2. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 2 (Other Resource)

    James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses objections to the belief that well-off people have extremely demanding obligations to poor people in other countries. The views of J. L. Mackie, Bernard Williams, Samuel Scheffler, Liam Murphy and Garrett Cullity are considered. He then considers Murphy and Cullity's arguments that well-off people have less demanding obligations to poor people in other countries.

    3. Arguments from Distributive Justice

    3. Arguments from Distributive Justice

    James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses the debate over whether distributive justice requires that well-off people do something about poverty in other countries. 'Cosmopolitan' philosophers, such as Charles Beitz and Simon Caney, argue that it does. Anti-cosmopolitans, such as John Rawls and Thomas Nagel, deny this.

    • 51 Min.
    3. Arguments from Distributive Justice (Other Resource)

    3. Arguments from Distributive Justice (Other Resource)

    James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses the debate over whether distributive justice requires that well-off people do something about poverty in other countries. 'Cosmopolitan' philosophers, such as Charles Beitz and Simon Caney, argue that it does. Anti-cosmopolitans, such as John Rawls and Thomas Nagel, deny this.

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