Against shallow ponds: An argument against Singer's approach to global poverty

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For 40 years, Peter Singer has deployed the case of the child drowning in the shallow pond to argue for greater donations in foreign aid. The persistent use of the shallow pond example in theorizing about global poverty ignores morally salient features of the real world, and ignoring such morally salient features can have a variety of harmful implications for anti-poverty work. I argue that the shallow pond example should be abandoned, and defend this claim against possible objections.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-32
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Global Ethics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011