J Value Inquiry (2017) 51:547–561 DOI 10.1007/s10790-017-9593-x 1 1 Constanze Binder Conrad Heilmann Published online: 22 March 2017 The Author(s) 2017. This article is an open access publication 1 Introduction Ever since the publication of Peter Singer’s article ‘‘Famine, Afﬂuence, and Morality’’ has the question of whether the (geographical) distance to people in need affects our moral duties towards them been a hotly debated issue. Does geographical distance affect our moral duties? If so, is it of direct moral importance? Or is it of indirect importance to other aspects that affect our moral duties, such as our power to help other people? Long after the publication of Singer’s article, the relation between morality and distance has received renewed attention in contributions by many leading philosophers. While these contributions debate problems of duty and distance, Peter Singer, ‘‘Famine, Afﬂuence, and Morality,’’ Philosophy and Public Affairs (Princeton University Press) 1/3 (1972): 229–243. Peter Singer (1972), op. cit. See the contributions of the 2003 special issue on ‘‘Moral Distance’’ in The Monist 86/3, for instance: Deen K. Chatterjee, ‘‘Moral Distance: Introduction,’’ The Monist 86/3 (2003): 327–332; Jeremy Waldron, ‘‘Who is my Neighbor?: Humanity and Proximity,’’ The Monist 86/3 (2003): We are grateful
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