September 14, 2010
September 14, 2010
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.
Singer contends that we need to change our views of what is involved in living an ethical life. To help us play our part in bringing about that change, he offers a seven-point plan that mixes personal philanthropy (figuring how much to give and how best to give it), local activism (spreading the word in your community), and political awareness (contacting your representatives to ensure that your nation’s foreign aid is really directed to the world’s poorest people).
In The Life You Can Save, Singer makes the irrefutable argument that giving will make a huge difference in the lives of others, without diminishing the quality of our own. This book is an urgent call to action and a hopeful primer on the power of compassion, when mixed with rigorous investigation and careful reasoning, to lift others out of despair.
From the Hardcover edition.
Peter Singer takes on the ethical responsibility individuals have in reducing world poverty in THE LIFE YOU CAN SAVE. Philosopher Singer has been credited with sparking the animal liberation movement and is known for his controversial stands on abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. This book is not an abstract treatise on ethics nor is it an antipoverty policy proposal based on economics or on theories of development; rather it outlines a seven-point plan that incorporates how to decide the amount and direction of one's charitable giving, activism, and political awareness that continues Singer's commitment to bring considered ethics into contemporary life.
- Genre: Social Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Business + Money Management, Religion + Beliefs
- Subgenre: Philanthropy + Charity, Poverty, Ethics + Moral Philosophy, Economics / General, International Relations / General, Christianity / Rituals + Practice
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Peter Singer
- Online Item #: 12409672
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-45-9722
- ISBN: 9780812981568
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported