University of Kansas, Spring 2004
Philosophy 555: Justice and Economic Systems

Class notes: Unger, chapter 6: “Living High and Letting Die Reconsidered: On the Costs of a Morally Decent Life”

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  1. one argument for significant sacrifice
    1. Bob, Ray, and us (pp. 135.5–139.7)
    2. salience, excitement, and projective grouping (pp. 137.7–138.5)
  2. another argument for significant sacrifice
    1. weak principle of ethical integrity (p. 140.5)
    2. note avoidance of insistence on absolute impartiality
  3. non-material costs
    1. getting a well-paying job (p. 151.4–8)
    2. being politically active (p. 152.3–4)