The Moral Demands of Affluence
By (author) Garrett Cullity
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Moral Demands of Affluence by Garrett Cullity
Book DescriptionHow 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199204151
(234mm x 155mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 21-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Garrett Cullity
Moral Demands of Affluence, Hardback (September 2004)
Any plausible moral outlook should recognize requirements of beneficence - requirements grounded directly in other people's need for assistance. This book examines, refines, and defends an argument of this form, and then identifies its limits.
Ethics and Practical Reason, Paperback (November 1997)» View all books by Garrett Cullity
Thirteen essays, by leading contemporary moral philosophers, give a varied view of current work on ethics and practical reason. The three main perspectives on the topic are all represented, and issues covered include the connection between reason and motivation and the source of moral reason.
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