9780195108590-0195108590-Living High and Letting Die: Our Illusion of Innocence

Living High and Letting Die: Our Illusion of Innocence

ISBN-13: 9780195108590
ISBN-10: 0195108590
Edition: 1
Author: Unger, Peter
Publication date: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 200 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780195108590
ISBN-10: 0195108590
Edition: 1
Author: Unger, Peter
Publication date: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 200 pages

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Acknowledged authors Unger, Peter wrote Living High and Letting Die: Our Illusion of Innocence comprising 200 pages back in 1996. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0195108590 and 9780195108590. Since then Living High and Letting Die: Our Illusion of Innocence textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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By contributing a few hundred dollars to a charity like UNICEF, a prosperous person can ensure that fewer poor children die, and that more will live reasonably long, worthwhile lives. Even when knowing this, however, most people send nothing, and almost all of the rest send little. What is the moral status of this behavior? To such common cases of letting die, our untutored response is that, while it is not very good, neither is the conduct wrong. What is the source of this lenient assessment? In this contentious new book, one of our leading philosophers argues that our intuitions about ethical cases are generated not by basic moral values, but by certain distracting psychological dispositions that all too often prevent us from reacting in accord with our commitments. Through a detailed look at how these tendencies operate, Unger shows that, on the good morality that we already accept, the fatally unhelpful behavior is monstrously wrong. By uncovering the eminently sensible ethics that we've already embraced fully, and by confronting us with empirical facts and with easily followed instructions for lessening serious suffering appropriately and effectively, Unger's book points the way to a compassionate new moral philosophy.

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