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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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Saving Lives

Saving Lives

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The Moral Demands of Affluence

Garrett Cullity (Contributor Webpage)

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Much of the work of aid agencies aims to prevent threats to life, rather than to save lives. And even when an aid agency’s activity does save life, it might be doubted whether my contribution to an agency’s pool of funds will itself benefit anyone significantly. However, whether or not that is true, an argument from the life-saving analogy will still support a collective requirement of beneficence on us as a group; and fairness will require me to contribute to discharging that requirement. The collective activity to which I should contribute includes both preventing threats and saving lives.

Keywords:   aid agencies, collective actions, contribution, fairness, group actions, pooling, preventing threats, saving life

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