The Life You Can Save

The Life You Can Save

Acting Now to End World Poverty

Book - 2009
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This is the right time to ask yourself: "What should I be doing to help?" For the first time in history, it is now within our reach to eradicate world poverty and the suffering it brings. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water. And though the number of deaths attributable to poverty worldwide has fallen dramatically in the past half-century, nearly ten million children still die unnecessarily each year. The people of the developed world face a profound choice: If we are not to turn our backs on a fifth of the world¿s population, we must become part of the solution. In The Life You Can Save, philosopher Peter Singer, named one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time magazine, uses ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
ISBN: 9781400067107
Characteristics: xv, 206 p. : ill


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Oct 22, 2015

He hasn't changed the basic argument in over forty years (even though its been refuted), and this book, less rigorous than his other writings, has numerous suggestions and examples for taking action. Some of those whom he mentions have many of their papers online (Arneson's that is mentioned, and those of G. Cullity). Serious and passionate; I highly recommend reading it and taking some of the suggested actions.

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