Draining the pond: why Singer’s defense of the duty to aid the world’s poor is self-defeating

@article{Marko2019DrainingTP,
  title={Draining the pond: why Singer’s defense of the duty to aid the world’s poor is self-defeating},
  author={Anton Marko{\vc}},
  journal={Philosophical Studies},
  year={2019},
  volume={177},
  pages={1953-1970}
}
Peter Singer’s defense of the duty to aid the world’s poor by the pond analogy is self-defeating. It cannot be both true that you ought to save the drowning child from a pond at the expense of ruining your shoes and that you ought to aid the world’s poor if you thereby do not sacrifice anything of comparable moral importance. Taking the latter principle seriously would lead you to let the child in front of you drown whenever you could thereby save more children in the developing world. Though… Expand
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