Faculty Work-in-Progress – On Helping One’s Neighbor: Religious Ethics, Obligations to Others, and Severe Poverty

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February 12th, 2020

Location: Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

For the severely poor, daily life is replete with ongoing and pervasive horror. People who live under conditions of severe poverty are subject to widespread exploitation, chronic malnutrition, and lack of access to adequate shelter, sanitation, and basic preventive healthcare. Consequently, people who live under such conditions are deprived of the necessities need to live minimally decent and autonomous lives. But what sorts of obligations (if any) do affluent people to assist people who are severely poor? In response to critics who claim affluent people either have limited or no obligations to assist the severely poor, Bharat Ranganathan, Beamer-Schneider SAGES Teaching Fellow in Ethics, draws from Christian ethics and moral and political philosophy to argue that affluent people instead have demanding obligations.

An informal lunch will be served.