G. Hardin – “Living on a Lifeboat” (in James E. White text). Hardin’s thesis: People in rich nations should do nothing for the people of poor. The University of Dayton. Dayton, OH Garrett Hardin presents the metaphor that the United States and other developed coun- tries constitute a lifeboat of. This is where Garrett Hardin, and his work, Lifeboat Ethics enter the scene. Throughout Hardin’s work, he lays out the premises of how each.

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Lifeboat ethics

Who Decides Who’s Defective? But what about clean beaches, unspoiled forests, and solitude?

Chinese Fish and Miracle Rice The modern approach to foreign aid stresses the export of technology and advice, rather than money and food. Thompson – – Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 23 3: Only rich countries harddin anything in the way of food reserves set aside, and even they do not have as much as they should.

This population already puts a huge load on a relatively impoverished environment.

Our efforts to stop the suffering are what break the natural cycle. To Hawaiians, immigrants from the other 49 states present as great a threat as those from other nations. But we must begin the journey to tomorrow from the point where we are today. You say that immigrants should be kept out. We must ask if such a program would actually do more garrettt than harm, not only momentarily but also in the lifeobat run.


Outline of Garrett Hardin – Living on a Lifeboat

We have many friends and relatives in Japan that we’d like to bring here some day so that they can enjoy Hawaii too. A world food bank appeals powerfully to our humanitarian impulses. But it’s not a bank, since the rich deposit and the poor take. White text Hardin’s thesis: Since the boat has an unused excess capacity of 10 more passengers, we could admit just 10 more to it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. History of Western Philosophy.

Garrett Hardin, Lifeboat ethics: The case against helping the poor – PhilPapers

Edit this record Mark as duplicate Export citation Find it on Scholar Request removal from index Translate to english Revision history. Multiplying the Rich and the Poor Now suppose the U. It expects them, it budgets for them, it saves for them. Farmers did not have to contribute the grain; the Government garrtet rather the taxpayers, bought it from them at full market prices.

In their enthusiastic but unrealistic generosity, they confuse the ethics of a spaceship with those of a lifeboat. Although they may be infrequent and sudden, everyone knows that emergencies will occur from time to time. Our interventions replace the natural cycle with a pejoristic ratchet system.


Why must they suffer for the sins of their governments? The ” ethics ” of the situation stem from the dilemma of whether and under what circumstances swimmers should be taken aboard the lifeboat. Hardin’s metaphor describes a lifeboat bearing 50 people, with room for ten more. The overpopulated poor countries would decrease in numbers, lifebboat the rich countries that had room for more people would increase.

Request removal from index. Regan on the Lifeboat Problem: We don’t have one ruler, a captain, who makes sure everyone behaves.

Lifeboat ethics: The case against helping the poor

Each American would have to share the available resources with more than eight people. To do so would guarantee that our grandchildren and everyone else’s grandchildren, would have only a ruined world to inhabit. Only the replacement of the system of the commons with a responsible system of control will save the land, air, water and oceanic fisheries.