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Philosophia

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 465–472 | Cite as

Save (some of) the Children

  • Travis Timmerman
Article

Abstract

In “Save the Children!” Artúrs Logins responds to my argument that, in certain cases, it is morally permissible to not prevent something bad from happening, even when one can do so without sacrificing something of comparable moral importance. Logins’ responses are thought-provoking, though I will argue that his critiques miss their mark. I rebut each of the responses offered by Logins. However, much of my focus will be on one of his criticisms which rests on an unfortunately common misunderstanding of Singer’s argument in “Famine, Affluence, and Morality.” My response, then, is important not only because it salvages my positive argument, but also because it identifies, and corrects, this misunderstanding.

Keywords

global poverty famine relief Peter Singer global justice shallow pond 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySeton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUnited States

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