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Charity Obligations - What's the difference?

You have agreed with Singer that distance isn’t morally relevant, but still think there is some morally relevant difference between the cases.

Perhaps you think that it matters whether you are the only person who can help the drowning child. Or is it some other factor? Why is this difference morally important?

For more on this topic, you might read Peter Singer, “Famine, Affluence and Morality”, Peter Unger, Living High and Letting Die, or (Southampton’s own) Fiona Woollard, Doing and Allowing Harm, Chapters 7 & 8. 
At Southampton, we run various modules that address these and similar issues: Ethics, Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, and Action, Reason, and Ethics. Many of our staff undertake research in this area, including Dr. Alex Gregory, Dr. Sasha Mudd, Dr. Jonathan Way and Dr. Fiona Woollard.


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