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Giving WellThe Ethics of Philanthropy$
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Patricia Illingworth, Thomas Pogge, and Leif Wenar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739073.001.0001

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Poverty Is No Pond

Poverty Is No Pond

Challenges for the Affluent

(p.104) 6 Poverty Is No Pond
Giving Well

Leif Wenar

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with the question of an individual donor: How will each dollar I can give to aid, or each hour I can devote to campaigning for aid, affect the long‐term well‐being of people in other countries? To answer this question, the chapter investigates the complex causal nexus between affluent individuals and people living in extreme poverty. This analysis shows that answering the donor's question will not be easy. It is difficult to get reliable information about the effects of giving, and some giving may harm as well as help. The chapter concludes that this analysis forces us to go beyond Peter Singer's well‐known principle that directs individuals to help when they know they can. Individuals who understand the urgency of severe poverty abroad must reason differently about how they will respond.

Keywords:   aid, harm, international ethics, Peter Singer, philanthropy, severe poverty

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