Philosopher Thomas Pogge wants to ensure medications get to those who need it most. He has published on a wide range of subjects such as global justice and human rights.

Why you should listen

Originally from Germany, Thomas Pogge received a PhD in philosophy from Harvard in 1983. Since then, he has taught philosophy, political science, and ethics at universities around the world. His 2002 book, World Poverty and Human Rights, offers proposals on how to achieve global economic equality. In 2008, he co-authored The Health Impact Fund, which lays out the plan to make life-saving medicines accessible for everyone. He is currently Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale.

What others say

“If only every living in affluent nations were to read "World Poverty and Human Rights!" Pogge…compels us to acknowledge that the existing global economic order is ethically indefensible.” — Professor Peter Singer, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

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