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

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This is the right time to ask yourself: “What should I be doing to help?”

For the first time in history, it is now within our reach to eradicate world poverty and the suffering it brings. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water. And though the number of deaths attributable to poverty worldwide has fallen dramatically in the past half-century, nearly ten million children still die unnecessarily each year. The people of the developed world face a profound choice: If we are not to turn our backs on a fifth of the world’s population, we must become part of the solution.

In The Life You Can Save, philosopher Peter Singer, named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine, uses ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible.

Singer contends that we need to change our views of what is involved in living an ethical life. To help us play our part in bringing about that change, he offers a seven-point plan that mixes personal philanthropy (figuring how much to give and how best to give it), local activism (spreading the word in your community), and political awareness (contacting your representatives to ensure that your nation’s foreign aid is really directed to the world’s poorest people).

In The Life You Can Save, Singer makes the irrefutable argument that giving will make a huge difference in the lives of others, without diminishing the quality of our own. This book is an urgent call to action and a hopeful primer on the power of compassion, when mixed with rigorous investigation and careful reasoning, to lift others out of despair.

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Argues that for the first time in history we're in a position to end extreme poverty throughout the world, both because of our unprecedented wealth and advances in technology, therefore we can no longer consider ourselves good people unless we give more to the poor.

Synopsis:

For the first time in history, eradicating world poverty is within our reach. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water.In The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer uses ethical arguments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not onlyinsufficient but morally indefensible. The Life You Can Save teaches us to be a part of the solution, helping others as we help ourselves.

About the Author

\Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than thirty books, including Animal Liberation, widely considered to be the founding statement of the animal rights movement, Practical Ethics, and One World: Ethics and Globalization.

Table of Contents

THE ARGUMENT. Saving a child — Is it wrong not to help? — Common objections to giving — HUMAN NATURE. Why don't we give more? — Creating a culture of giving — THE FACTS ABOUT AID. How much does it cost to save a life, and how can you tell which charities do it best? — Improving aid — A NEW STANDARD FOR GIVING. Your child and the children of others — Asking too much? — A realistic approach.

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Wayne Harrison, March 4, 2009 (view all comments by Wayne Harrison)
"In rich countries, fewer than one in a hundred children die before the age of five; in the poorest countries, one in five does. And to the UNICEF figure of nearly 10 million young children dying every year from avoidable, poverty-related causes, we must add at least another
8 million older children and adults."

Having read Peter Singer's book and visited the accompanying website www.thelifeyoucansave.org I was reminded of the quote "why is not common sense, common practice".

The research that has gone into this book has been a long time coming but it gives up to date, relevant examples of things that are working and what can be done to truly reduce and eliminate global poverty.

Read the book, visit the website, join a group and collectively we can all further these causes and really make a profound difference.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781588367792
Subtitle:
Acting Now to End World Poverty
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Singer, Peter
Author:
Peter Singer
Subject:
Philosophy : Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Social Science : Philanthropy & Charity
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Economic assistance
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Charity
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Sociology-Poverty
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
206

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Poverty
Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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"Synopsis" by , Argues that for the first time in history we're in a position to end extreme poverty throughout the world, both because of our unprecedented wealth and advances in technology, therefore we can no longer consider ourselves good people unless we give more to the poor.
"Synopsis" by , For the first time in history, eradicating world poverty is within our reach. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water.In The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer uses ethical arguments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not onlyinsufficient but morally indefensible. The Life You Can Save teaches us to be a part of the solution, helping others as we help ourselves.
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