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Responsibility, Indifference, and Global Poverty: A Levinasian Perspective Eduard Jordaan

Responsibility, Indifference, and Global Poverty: A Levinasian Perspective

Eduard Jordaan

Published December 31st 2006
ISBN : 9789042918221
Paperback
120 pages
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Consider the fact that thousands of people die daily from preventable, poverty-related causes through no fault of their own. However, despite our failure to prevent more of these preventable deaths, we generally do not seem to consider ourselvesMoreConsider the fact that thousands of people die daily from preventable, poverty-related causes through no fault of their own. However, despite our failure to prevent more of these preventable deaths, we generally do not seem to consider ourselves particularly guilty, unjust, bad, immoral or irresponsible for our failure to act. This study attempts to understand our continued good conscience amid the suffering of the worlds poorest. In doing so, it draws on Emmanuel Levinass ethical philosophy to demonstrate how writings in the principal debate about the extent of our responsibility for others at the global level, the so-called cosmopolitan-communitarian debate, contain a number of elements that enable and perpetuate our indifference to the worlds poorest.