You’ve probably caught yourself before worrying about “#FirstWorldProblems”: Why is this wireless internet so slow? No Snack on Thursdays? Aren’t all these Facebook invites annoying?
Let’s take one evening (and perhaps many more) to consider our relationship to Developing World Problems: more than a billion people live on less than $1.25 per day. About six million children under 5 years old die of preventable diseases every year. A basic education is hard to come by.
As graduates of an elite liberal arts college, what, if anything, are we obligated to do to alleviate some of these problems?
Debra Satz, Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at Stanford University, argues that our obligations to people who are suffering abroad are significant.
David Schmidtz, Professor of Philosophy and Economics at Arizona University, is a libertarian who argues that our obligations are very limited–both to those who are suffering and to those who simply have less.
Join the Pomona Student Union on Thursday, December 1st, at 7 PM in Rose Hills Theater to have an interdisciplinary discussion about global poverty and how we should respond to it.