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Global Poverty: Philosophical Questions

These lectures are about the moral obligations that well-off people have toward poor people living in other countries. Poverty kills about one-third of humankind. Many philosophers argue that the average person in a rich country has a moral obligation to do something about this. These lectures introduce those arguments, as well as the objections that others have raised against them. They show how contemporary moral philosophy deals with what many regard as the most important moral problem facing the world today.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 1. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 1 James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at Oxford University, introduces some of the key concepts in philosophical debates about global poverty. James Grant 08 Aug 2011
2 2. Arguments from Beneficence, Part 2 James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses objections to the belief that well-off people have extremely demanding obligations to poor people in other countries. James Grant 08 Aug 2011
3 3. Arguments from Distributive Justice James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses the debate over whether distributive justice requires that well-off people do something about poverty in other countries. James Grant 08 Aug 2011
4 4. Arguments from Harm James Grant, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, discusses arguments that claim citizens of rich countries are responsible for harming poor people in other countries. James Grant 08 Aug 2011