Chapter

<i>Objections to Aid</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/10.1093/0199258112.003.0004
 Objections to Aid

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Various arguments are often given for thinking that aid agencies do no overall good to the poor. The economic and political grounds for thinking this are surveyed in this chapter. It is argued that the claims needed for a cogent objection to humanitarian aid are too strong to be plausible. And even if they were right, they would at most show that we should be helping in some ways rather than others: they would not show that there is nothing we can do to help.

Keywords: aid; economic objections to aid; helping; humanitarianism; political objections to aid; poverty

Chapter.  9598 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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