Global Poverty and Individual Responsibility
This book considers what responsibilities affluent individuals have toward global poverty, given that global poverty is a problem with structural, political causes, and one that generally requires collective action. By looking at the intersection of moral, political, and legal philosophy, this book gives a pluralistic and differentiated account of individual duties based on a person's moral agency, her roles within collective groups (including her occupational and civic roles), and her institutional identities as citizen and consumer.
- Hardback | 228 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
- 16 Jan 2009
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 1. Global Poverty and Responsibility Chapter 2 2. Duties of Beneficence Chapter 3 3. Duties of Redress Chapter 4 4. Duties of Institutional Justice Chapter 5 5. Responsibilities of Affluent Individuals
This is a terrific book about affluent individuals' responsibility for addressing global poverty. Gosselin presents three different models of responsibility, each providing a different set of reasoned recommendations. She recognizes that different people will prefer different models but regards the models as complementary rather than mutually exclusive. Gosselin ends the book with her own practical, realistic, and deeply insightful conclusions. The book is philosophically sophisticated, providing a valuable contribution to the scholarship on responsibility. It is also refreshingly crisp, unpretentious, accessible, and briskly paced. It is currently the best available book for introducing students to this important topic. -- Alison M. Jaggar, University of Colorado, Boulder
About Abigail Gosselin
Abigail Gosselin is assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Regis University.