The Fallacy of Philanthropy

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 32 (1):29 - 65 (2002)
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Abstract

Global poverty, hunger, and lack of access to save water raise problems of how to organize human society so that everyone's needs can be met. Philanthropic proposals, such as Peter Singer's and Peter Unger's, are based on a false analogy to duties of rescue and encourage philanthropic responses, thus closing the discourse to discussion of the causes and remedies of poverty. Radical criticism of capitalist social structures are put off the table, and this is a profound error.

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Paul Gomberg
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Humanizing the Genetic Enterprise.Marc Lappé - 1979 - Hastings Center Report 9 (6):10-14.

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