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Motives to assist and reasons to assist : the case of global poverty

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The principle of assistance says that the global rich should help the global poor because they are able to do so, and at little cost. The principle of contribution says that the rich should help the poor because the rich are partly to blame for the plight of the poor. This paper explores the relationship between the two principles and offers support for one version of the principle of assistance. The principle of assistance is most plausible, the paper argues, when formulated so as to identif...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Department:
Victoria University of Wellington; Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Publisher:
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Practical Ethics
Volume:
3
Issue:
1
Pages:
37-63
Acceptance date:
2015-01-06
EISSN:
2051-655X
ISSN:
2051-655X
Language:
English

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