The Life You Can Save: How to Play Your Part in Ending World Poverty

Peter Singer

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This is the right time to ask yourself: "What should I be doing to help?"

For the first time in history, it is now within our reach to eradicate world poverty and the suffering it brings. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water. And though the number of deaths attributable to poverty worldwide has fallen dramatically in the past half-century, nearly ten million children still die unnecessarily each year. The people of the developed world face a profound choice: If we are not to turn our backs on a fifth of the world´s population, we must become part of the solution.

In The Life You Can Save, philosopher Peter Singer, named one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time magazine, uses ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible.

Singer contends that we need to change our views of what is involved in living an ethical life. To help us play our part in bringing about that change, he offers a seven-point plan that mixes personal philanthropy (figuring how much to give and how best to give it), local activism (spreading the word in your community), and political awareness (contacting your representatives to ensure that your nation´s foreign aid is really directed to the world´s poorest people).

In The Life You Can Save, Singer makes the irrefutable argument that giving will make a huge difference in the lives of others, without diminishing the quality of our own. This book is an urgent call to action and a hopeful primer on the power of compassion, when mixed with rigorous investigation and careful reasoning, to lift others out of despair.

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Peter Singer

Nasceu em Melbourne, na Austrália, em 1946. Estudou na Universidade de Oxford e é professor de Bioética na Universidade de Princeton (University Center for Human Values) e na Universidade de Melbourne (Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics). Dirige o Centre for Human Bioethics e o Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Autor de uma vasta bibliografia sobre Ética Prática, na qual trata os problemas filosóficos a partir de uma perspetiva utilitarista, tornou-se particularmente conhecido com o livro Libertação animal, publicado em meados da década de 70 e considerado a bíblia do movimento com o mesmo nome. Da sua vasta bibliografia destacam-se também «Ética prática, A vida que podemos salvar e Como havemos de viver?».

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