Abstract / Bemerkung
Why does world hunger hold an inferior place on the contemporary moral agenda? Proposed answer: because it is a political, not a moral problem. It is not a moral problem, because morality needs two conditions fulfilled: that those be in some way close to the agent unto whom that agent is doing something that is to be morally assessed; and that the relevant good or bad states or events can be clearly credited to some particular agent or agents. Neither condition is fulfilled in the case of world hunger. This explains morality's failure to come to grips with it. Yet, while lacking morality's endorsement, the abolition of world hunger may still be a political goal.
closeness; imputability; hunger; moral vs political problem
Bittner R. Morality and world hunger. Metaphilosophy. 2001;32(1-2):25-33.
Bittner, R. (2001). Morality and world hunger. Metaphilosophy, 32(1-2), 25-33. doi:10.1111/1467-9973.00173
Bittner, R. (2001). Morality and world hunger. Metaphilosophy 32, 25-33.
Bittner, R., 2001. Morality and world hunger. Metaphilosophy, 32(1-2), p 25-33.
R. Bittner, “Morality and world hunger”, Metaphilosophy, vol. 32, 2001, pp. 25-33.
Bittner, R.: Morality and world hunger. Metaphilosophy. 32, 25-33 (2001).
Bittner, Rüdiger. “Morality and world hunger”. Metaphilosophy 32.1-2 (2001): 25-33.