Is there an important difference between a child drowning in front of you and one dying in a far off land? The philosopher Peter Singer thinks not. He acknowledges that we have biases that lead us to favour those near us over those further away, but argues these are irrational. Read by Harry Shearer. Scripted by Nigel Warburton.
From the BBC Radio 4 series - A History of Ideas. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bwydw
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