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Against shallow ponds: An argument against Singer's approach to global poverty

Wisor, Scott


For 40 years, Peter Singer has deployed the case of the child drowning in the shallow pond to argue for greater donations in foreign aid. The persistent use of the shallow pond example in theorizing about global poverty ignores morally salient features of the real world, and ignoring such morally salient features can have a variety of harmful implications for anti-poverty work. I argue that the shallow pond example should be abandoned, and defend this claim against possible objections.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Global Ethics
DOI: 10.1080/17449626.2010.548819


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