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Responding to global poverty : harm, responsibility, and agency / Christian Barry (Australian National University, Canberra), Gerhard Overland (Australian National University, Canberra).

Barry, Christian [Browse]
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
viii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Summary note:
This book explores the nature of moral responsibilities of affluent individuals in the developed world, addressing global poverty and arguments that philosophers have offered for having these responsibilities. The first type of argument grounds responsibilities in ability to avert serious suffering by taking on some cost. The second argument seeks to ground responsibilities in the fact that the affluent are contributing to such poverty. The authors criticise many of the claims advanced by those who seek to ground stringent responsibilities to the poor by invoking these two types of arguments. It does not follow from this that the affluent are meeting responsibilities to the poor. The book argues that while people are not ordinarily required to make large sacrifices in assisting others in severe need, they are required to incur moderate costs to do so. If the affluent fail consistently to meet standards, this fact can substantially increase the costs they require to bear to address it.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 244-255) and index.
Introduction : Assistance-based and contribution-based responsibilities to address global poverty -- Assistance-based responsibilities -- Assistance-based responsibilities -- The implications of failing to assist -- Assistance-based responsibilities in the real world -- Contribution-based responsibilities -- The doing, allowing, and enabling distinction -- Giving rise to cost and the doing, allowing, and enabling distinction -- The feasible alternatives thesis: Pogge on contribution-based responsibilities to the poor -- Implications of contribution -- Contribution-based responsibilities and trade -- The implications of contribution to global poverty -- Assuming responsibility for harm -- Contribution-based responsibilities and overdetermination.
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