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The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty

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ISBN13: 9780812981568
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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 worlds 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 nations foreign aid is really directed to the worlds 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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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 only insufficient 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.

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DANE, October 5, 2013 (view all comments by DANE)
EVERYONE needs to read this book!

I realize it's a terrible cliche to say the following but it honestly did change my life. I read it in one sitting after having returned from a trip to Tanzania and the two events combined to form an attitude-changing perfect storm. We've all been accosted by the binder-toting charity folks on the sidewalk and we've all had the evening phone calls asking for donations but this is completely different. Singer lays out in a crisp, clear logical way exactly why we should do more than we currently are. You'll find his arguments incredibly persuasive ... every person who I've passed it along to has made a drastic change in his or her view on charity.
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Peter Saucerman, December 20, 2012 (view all comments by Peter Saucerman)
There's nothing quite like the "Holiday Season" to bring out the uneasiness of material introspection: am I doing enough (anything) to eradicate suffering? As I sift through the piles and piles of mailed and on-line entreaties to give to charities, universities, art museums, environmental groups food banks, symphonies, rehab programs pet adoptions; I find myself overwhelmed with confusion at the sheer volume of worthy causes and with guilt - whatever I give, it won't be enough to make a difference.

So it is with ecstatic joy that I read Peter Singer's small gem of a book, "The Life You Can Save". Mr Singer points out in clear terms how far humankind has come in eradicating abject poverty (the answer is heartening, though not complete). He examines the psychology of giving (and resistance to giving) through fascinating social experiments and examples from around the world. He quantifies what it would take, in theory and in fact, to end world poverty - and it is achievable.

Finally, he arrives at an argument that is humane, rational and unavoidable - we can do this, with minimal personal discomfort and great benefit to humankind and to our own souls. This was the best Christmas read I've had in a long, long time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812981568
Author:
Singer, Peter
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Philanthropy & Charity
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 CHARTS
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.5 in 0.38 lb

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

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"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 only insufficient 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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