David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Moral Philosophy 2 (3):299-315 (2005)
The main thesis of the article is that one’s responsibility to render assistance is not affected by having contributed to the situation by causing harm. I examine ways in which contribution to need is morally significant. Although contribution is relevant with regard to certain features, such as questions of blame, compensation, and fair distribution of the cost of assistance, I argue that contribution should carry no weight when assessing our duty to assist people in severe need if we can do so at little cost. If this is true we have reason to suspect that it is redundant to know whether or not we have in fact contributed to the need of the global poor when assessing our duty to address global poverty
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Robert Huseby (2008). Duties and Responsibilities Towards the Poor. Res Publica 14 (1):1-18.
Jorn Sonderholm (2012). Thomas Pogge on Global Justice and World Poverty: A Review Essay. Analytic Philosophy 53 (4):366-391.
Similar books and articles
H. P. P. Lotter (2011). Poverty, Ethics and Justice. University of Wales Press.
Christian Barry & Gerhard Øverland (2012). The Feasible Alternatives Thesis: Kicking Away the Livelihoods of the Global Poor. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 11 (1):97-119.
Lee H. Yearley (1998). The Ascetic Grounds of Goodness: William James's Case for the Virtue of Voluntary Poverty. Journal of Religious Ethics 26 (1):105-135.
William A. Galston & Peter H. Hoffenberg (eds.) (2010). Poverty and Morality: Religious and Secular Perspectives. Cambridge University Press.
Saul Smilansky (2004). Gratitude, Contribution, and Ethical Theory. In Jonathan Seglow (ed.), Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. F. Cass Publishers 34-48.
Jorn Sonderholm (2011). On the Moral Significance of Contribution to Poverty. Journal of Global Ethics 7 (3):315-319.
H. P. P. Lotter (2003). The Significance of Poverty and Wealth in Plato’s Republic. South African Journal of Philosophy 22 (3):189-206.
Gerhard Øverland (2013). 602 and One Dead: On Contribution to Global Poverty and Liability to Defensive Force. European Journal of Philosophy 21 (2):279-299.
Gerhard Øverland (2005). Poverty and the Moral Significance of Contribution. Journal of Moral Philosophy 2 (3):299-315.
Added to index2010-08-10
Total downloads15 ( #199,203 of 1,779,321 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #291,352 of 1,779,321 )
How can I increase my downloads?