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<i>An Argument from Beneficence</i>

Garrett Cullity

in The Moral Demands of Affluence

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199258116
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199258112.003.0003
 An Argument from Beneficence

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The failure to save someone’s life directly is wrong because it is a failure of beneficence. The features that make it a failure of beneficence are also features of not helping people at a distance: they are present when the help we can give is indirect as well as when it is immediate. So not helping people at a distance is wrong too (although it is not necessarily as wrong). The methodological challenge of Ch.1 can be answered.

Keywords: beneficence; distance; helping; immediacy; moral wrongness; saving life

Chapter.  8922 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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