I just finished reading Peter Singer’s One World: The Ethics of Globalisation. It’s a ripper. Singer makes a very compelling case in favour of weighting the welfare of those in other countries the same as the welfare of those in your own country. For anyone who’s enjoyed the Theory of Justice, his sharp attack on John Rawls will also be of interest. Perhaps the best aspect is that unlike many philosophers, Singer is happy to get his hands dirty by trawling through the economic evidence on aid efficacy and the scientific evidence on global warming.
A friend once told me that after reading Singer’s Animal Liberation, he couldn’t justify eating meat any longer. Having found One World so persuasive, I’ve now decided I can’t afford to read Animal Lib, lest I be convinced by that one too.