IASH Fellows' Speaker Series:
Presented by: Anja Karnein (Philosophy.) "Duties of Beneficence, Obligatory Aid, And What Any of This has to do with Helping the Global Poor"
Abstract: How can some aid be obligatory if there is generally latitude with regard to duties of beneficence? I offer a new reading of the duty of beneficence proposing that, counter to prevalent voices in the literature, genuine cases of obligatory aid are not instances of beneficence. Instead, they are situated in the realm of respect, the other imperfect duty Kant describes, and which permits significantly less latitude. This (more narrow) reading of beneficence solves the problem of obligatory aid and, more generally, shows that cases, such as aid to the global poor, are not best described as cases of beneficence., IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)