Singer Chapter 8
Rich and Poor

Relative v. Absolute Poverty

Facts About Poverty


  1. If it's within our power to prevent something bad happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable importance, we ought to do so.
  2. It's within the power of the absolutely affluent to prevent bad things without themselves having to undergo hardships comparable to those prevented:
  3. Conclusion: The absolutely affluent have a moral duty to give, in effect, until they themselves are no longer absolutely affluent

Compromise Proposal