Essays in Philosophy 18 (1):131-145 (2017)

Peter Murphy
University of Indianapolis
As effective altruists often point out affluent people can do great good for others without having to make significant self-sacrifices. What is the correct moral assessment of patterns of giving that bring about great good and yet carry little in the way of self-sacrifice? Here I will clarify this question, state why it is important, and argue for an answer to it. After sketching the intuitive category of the morally best acts, I argue that self-sacrifice is not a condition that an act must meet to be among the morally best acts. I argue that self-sacrifice is instead a condition that agents must meet to be deserving of the highest praise.
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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DOI 10.7710/1526-0569.1571
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