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World Poverty and Human Rights: Cosmopolitan Responsibilities and Reforms 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews


"This book is the product of a powerful and generative philosophical imagination. ... This is certainly the most acute study of the moral dimensions of world poverty to date; it is also a significant work of philosophy in its own right."

Ethics & International Affairs

"World Poverty and Human Rights is an outstandingly well argued contribution in the debate of political philosophy. Pogge provides a consistent moral account of international justice as well as the relevant facts and dispels the illusion that we are disconnected from massive poverty abroad."

International Journal of Contemporary Sociology

"Those familiar with Pogge's writings will welcome the publication, in a single volume, of some of the most important articles to date on global justice. Others will find the arguments therein fascinating, not least because the author addresses difficult institutional questions that philosophers overlook"

Cecile Fabre, London School of Economics

"The book is a powerful work in moral philosophy, chock full of arguments and relevant empirical data."

Hugh LaFollette, Ethics

"An impressive contribution."

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From the Back Cover

The poorest 46 percent of humankind have 1.2 percent of global income.
Their purchasing power per person per day is less than that of $2.15 in
the US in 1993; 826 million of them do not have enough to eat. One-third
of all human deaths are from poverty-related causes: 18 million
annually, including 12 million children under five.

At the other end, the 15 percent of humankind in the 'high-income
economies' have 80 percent of global income. Shifting 1 or 2 percent of
our share toward poverty eradication seems morally compelling. Yet the
prosperous 1990s have in fact brought a large shift toward greater
global inequality, as most of the affluent believe that they have no
such responsibility.

Thomas Pogge's book seeks to explain how this belief is sustained. He
analyses how our moral and economic theorizing and our global economic
order have adapted to make us appear disconnected from massive poverty
abroad. Dispelling the illusion, he also offers a modest, widely
sharable standard of global economic justice and makes detailed,
realistic proposals toward fulfilling it.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (November 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745629954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745629957
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Barstad on August 5, 2005
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This is an excellent collection of essays by one of the most important intellectual figures in the international human rights arena. An engaging combination of philosophical, political, and economic analysis, World Poverty and Human Rights offers a fresh perspective on the problems facing our world as well as constructive steps we all can (and indeed have an obligation to) take to mitigate and one day end global poverty and social injustice. Pogge has a very impressive background in philosophy (he received his PhD under Rawls from Harvard) and his writings reflect the clarity of thought and cogent argumentation his subject matter deserve. And if that isn't incentive enough, remember that all proceeds go to support Oxfam UK.
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10 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Lozano on February 11, 2005
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In a collection of essays on so broad a scope as Pogge's World Poverty and Human Rights it's difficult to narrow topics of possible discussion down to effectively address all aspects of Pogge's presented philosophy. I found Pogge's text extremely helpful in that it brought with it a wholly unique approach to looking at the issues we're faced unique aspect presented is the strong use of illustrative examples in the text, not in the fashion of Farmer's narratives of suffering and injustices in a world thought by many to be beyond that but realized by a few of us to still have a long way to go. This is also somewhat in contrast to Sen (Development as Freedom) who relied largely on definitions, but between the two I found Pogge's examples facts and figures to be much more moving as a call to action than was Sen's, if for shock value alone if nothing else.

Being that my primary interest is world hunger and social justice which ties in directly to Pogge's arguments and pleas, I found this to be an especially appropriate text for building a basis upon which arguments may be launched and supported. In reviewing the facts of Pogge's book, some are now outdated, but the figures are large enough even in their datedness that they should scare the reader into a realization of sorts that if 800 million people in the world still go hungry, we have a long way yet to go in our efforts to enact plans such as that put forth by Schweickart (After Capitalism), and to a lesser extent, Rawls (A Theory of Justice), and that differences can in fact be made that will influence the world to the degree need to enact change.
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3 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Eric on August 27, 2007
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Mr. Pogge seems to know as little about economics as he does about politics or the law of unintended consequences. The key to prosperity is economic freedom. Those countries with the greatest economic freedom have the least amount of poverty and the highest standards of living. He doesn't seem to realize that if you take money from the rich, you are also taking it from the people whom the rich buy from. He seems to be under the impression that if you have a million dollars, and give it to the poor, you are somehow reducing poverty more than if you hired those same poor people to build you a million dollar house. Poor people aren't poor because rich people are rich.
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