Caspar Hare presents a novel approach to questions of what we ought to do, and why we ought to do it. The traditional way to approach this subject is to begin by supposing a foundational principle, and then work out its implications. Consequentialists say that we ought to make the world impersonally better, for instance, while Kantian deontologists say that we ought to act on universalizable maxims. And contractualists say that we ought to act in accordance with the terms of certain hypothetical contracts. These principles are all grand and controversial. The motivating idea behind The Limits of Kindness is that we can tackle some of the most difficult problems in normative ethics by starting with a principle that is humble and uncontroversial. Being moral involves wanting particular other people to be better off. From these innocuous beginnings, Hare leads us to surprising conclusions about how we ought to resolve conflicts of interest, whether we ought to create some people rather than others, what we ought to want in an infinite world, when we ought to make sacrifices for the sake of needy strangers, and why we cannot, on pain of irrationality, attribute great importance to the boundaries between people.
The circulation of myths and misinformation are significant barriers in understanding the issues concerning refugees and asylum seekers. It is a complex and delicate subject that can be difficult to approach, and much of this information is both restricted and misleading or misunderstood.
Re:Refugees is a two-part resource book educating us with the truth behind common myths and questions regarding refugees and asylum seekers and provides terminology frequently used in conversation, allowing us to understand the impact and power these words have. When informed with the truth, we gain clearer insight and a genuine understanding towards refugees, enabling us to appropriately respond to the realities of the refugee plight.
This book is designed for aid workers or anyone interested in the field. I envisioned for it to be purchased online and could be supplied and distributed by NGOs to reach their networks and communities.
Artwork by Natalie Shue, Australia.