Marvin & Sybil Weiner Undergraduate Essay Prizes in the Humanities (2006-2007)

Title

On Inaction

Document Type

Presentation

Date of this Version

April 2007

Comments

Honorable Mention, 2007 Marvin and Sybil Weiner Undergraduate Essay Prize in the Humanities, Penn Humanities Forum and Penn Library.

URL: http://humanities.sas.upenn.edu/essay.shtml

Abstract

In this paper, I establish the grounds and rationale for a new ethical framework with regards to the responsibility of entities in the developed world – people, corporations, organizations, and governments – towards victims of humanitarian crises such as inescapable poverty and disease in the third world. I will examine why the prevention of global problems is not perceived as urgent and what may be needed to align policies and actions with more ethically appropriate principles in a global context.

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Date Posted: 07 August 2007