What if the stranger is a drowning child?

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February 15, 2012
by Bryan Caplan  
Posted in Commentary

"Singer asks his students whether or not they have a 'moral obligation' to save the Drowning Child. But he could just as easily have asked: 'Is it morally praiseworthy to save the Drowning Child?' I think almost everyone would agree that it is. Indeed, we might even call the rescuer a 'hero.' My question: If the rescuer is merely fulfilling his moral obligation, why would anyone consider his action morally praiseworthy, or even heroic?" (02/15/12)


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