The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty

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Text Publishing Company, May 16, 2010 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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Most of us are absolutely certain that we wouldn't hesitate to save a drowning child. Yet while thousands of children die each day, we spend money on things we take for granted, and would hardly miss if they were not there. Is that wrong? If so, how far does our obligation to the poor go?

According to the World Bank 1.4 billion people live on less than US$1.25 per day. This entails a vast amount of suffering and avoidable loss of life. The Life You Can Save offers a solution to world poverty.

With his trademark clarity, logic and intellectual flair Peter Singer shows us not only that this solution is possible, but also that we have a moral obligation to be part of it.

All author royalties from the sale of this book are donated to Oxfam. Five per cent of Text Publishing's revenue from this book is donated to Hamlin Fistula Relief & Aid Fund.

'Peter Singer's status as a man of principles and towering intellect-a philosopher extraordinaire, if you will-is unrivalled in Australia.' Sydney Morning Herald

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Review: The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty

User Review  - howl of minerva - Goodreads

You are walking past a shallow pond and you see a small child has fallen in. No-one else is around. The child is in obvious distress and will drown without your immediate help. You are however ... Read full review

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User Review  - Donna Pelley - Goodreads

I read this book by Peter Singer because I am currently taking a MOOC by the author on Practical Ethics. Much of the material of the class lectures is from the book so it was good to review the ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Peter Singer is Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He went to Princeton in 1999 after spending most of his life in Australia. Author or editor of over 25 books on ethics, Singer is best known for Animal Liberation, widely credited with starting the animal rights movement. The New Yorker has said: 'Peter Singer may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential.'

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