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The Moral Demands of Affluence$
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Garrett Cullity

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258116

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199258112.001.0001

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An Argument from Beneficence

An Argument from Beneficence

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(p.16) 2An Argument from Beneficence
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The Moral Demands of Affluence
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Garrett Cullity (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0199258112.003.0003

The failure to save someone’s life directly is wrong because it is a failure of beneficence. The features that make it a failure of beneficence are also features of not helping people at a distance: they are present when the help we can give is indirect as well as when it is immediate. So not helping people at a distance is wrong too (although it is not necessarily as wrong). The methodological challenge of Ch.1 can be answered.

Keywords:   beneficence, distance, helping, immediacy, moral wrongness, saving life

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