Bystanders to Poverty

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In Causing Death and Saving Lives, Jonathan Glover denies the importance of the moral distinction between acts and omissions. Yet in Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century, he overlooks the enormous loss of life caused by the failure of the affluent to give sufficient aid to prevent millions of poverty-related deaths each year. Glover does condemn those who did nothing to prevent genocide or come to the aid of its victims, when they could have done so at no risk to themselves. Could it be that stopping genocide is a higher moral priority than stopping poverty-related deaths? I argue that we should not accept this view and conclude that Glover's own work offers good reasons for taking very seriously our failure to reduce poverty-related deaths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEthics and Humanity
Subtitle of host publicationThemes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Glover
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199776412
ISBN (Print)9780195325195
StatePublished - May 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Bystanders
  • Genocide
  • Glover
  • Poverty


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