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dc.contributor.authorPummer, Theron Gene
dc.identifier.citationPummer , T G 2016 , ' Whether and where to give ' , Philosophy and Public Affairs , vol. 44 , no. 1 , pp. 77-95 .
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dc.description.abstractEffective altruists recommend that we give large sums to charity, but by far their more central message is that we give effectively, i.e., to whatever charities would do the most good per dollar donated. In this paper, I’ll assume that it’s not wrong not to give bigger, but will explore to what extent it may well nonetheless be wrong not to give better. The main claim I’ll argue for here is that in many cases it would be wrong of you to give a sum of money to charities that do less good than others you could have given to instead, even if it would not have been wrong of you not to give the money to any charity at all. I assume that all the charities under discussion here do positive good overall, do not cause harm, do not infringe rights, etc. What makes my main claim here particularly interesting is that it is inconsistent with what appears to be a fairly common assumption in the ethics of giving, according to which if it is not wrong of you to keep some sum money for yourself, then it is likewise not wrong of you to donate it to any particular charity you choose. Roughly: if it’s up to you whether to donate the money, it’s also up to you where to donate the money. I challenge this common assumption.
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dc.subjectBJ Ethicsen
dc.titleWhether and where to giveen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Philosophyen
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