Do we as relatively affluent human beings have a moral duty to give to those who have less than us? A completely staggering 1.4 billion people around the world live in what's described as "extreme poverty," or with an income of less than US$1.25 a day.
This means that they are unable to reliably provide food, shelter, clean water and basic education for themselves or their families. So is it okay for us to nestle down in our big houses with overflowing pantries, wardrobes full of clothes we never wear and a $20,000 audio/visual system?
In his new book, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, Peter Singer argues that really, it's not, and in this talk at Gleebooks he outlines that argument. It's confronting stuff, and the capacity audience takes him to task over some of the finer points in the lively Q and A session.
Watch, enjoy, and think about the way you live your life.
Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He specializes in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, preference utilitarian perspective. Singer is well-known for his book, Animal Liberation, a canonical text in animal rights/liberation theory. From 2005 on, Singer has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.