General Reciprocity Specific Responsibility

From Dave Andrews

Video Interview Transcript

If you study all religions it's very clear that we all believe that we should treat our neighbor as ourselves. And in fact, scholars like Peter Singer, who is not religious at all, argues for general reciprocity as the foundation of all morality. And if you're going to translate the idea of general reciprocity into ordinary language, it means treating our neighbor as ourselves. So this is fundamental to all cultures. We understand we need to treat our neighbor as ourselves. But what does that mean in a world of poverty and violence? Well the Beatitudes actually unpack that in specific and concrete detail, so we understand what that really means for us in a world of poverty and violence

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