Philosophical Arguments for Increased Aid to Developing Countries

  • Gabriel Scott Morris College of Arts & Science


The wealth disparity between developed and developing countries has resulted in widespread poverty and frequent support of terrorism in the developing world. However, developed countries have given only tenths of a percent of their respective gross national products recently to close this wealth gap. A better understanding of this situation requires a philosophical inquiry into the moral and practical implications of providing increased aid to developing countries. First, the author argues there is a moral obligation for people in developing countries to increase developing country aid. Second, the author argues that this increase in developing country aid will decrease the cumulative presence of world poverty and will improve the world economy. To emphasize these benefits, the author employs deontological and contemporary analysis techniques in the context of five potential objections to reinforce the need for increased developing country aid.

Author Biography

Gabriel Scott Morris, College of Arts & Science
Gabriel S. Morris is a first-year student majoring in Philosophy and Neuroscience in the College of Arts & Science. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he is member of the College Scholar Program with academic interests in professional ethics, social justice issues, and contemporary philosophy. Most recently, Morris served as an editor of the Vanderbilt Hustler campus newspaper and participated in the proceedings of the Undergraduate Honor Council, and the Mock Trial team. He has conducted medical research for the past three years, which he will continue this summer while interning at The Memphis Flyer newspaper.
How to Cite
MORRIS, Gabriel Scott. Philosophical Arguments for Increased Aid to Developing Countries. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 1, may 2005. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 aug. 2019. doi:
Humanities and Social Sciences


Developing Countries; Foreign Aid; Famine; Poverty; Terrorism; Morality; United States; European Union