Famine Affluence And Morality Summary

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Singer’s Quest: An Examination of “Famine, Affluence and Morality” Robert Black PHI 208 Ethics and Moral Reasoning Instructor: Zummuna Davis March 11, 2013 In 1971 Peter singer wrote that people and governments had a moral obligation to endeavor to aide famine victims in less fortunate nations. In his article “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” Mister Singer put forth the position that if we can stop the wrong, or famine in this case, without sacrificing any comparable moral position than we must do this (Singer 1972). In this paper the writer will show if this is a valid argument or if there is another more valid. In Mister Singer’s article he argues that closeness has no bearing on moral obligation: we have as much a duty to help someone across the world as someone in our own backyard. This is a very strong argument in favor of helping: if suffering can be stopped then you must put forth the effort regardless of proximity. I do not believe that this is a foreign concept to most people but humans do have a tendency to think that to be…show more content…
Mister singer uses it here to suggests that no-one should sacrifice more than we can spare but donate what we can that will do the most good for the greatest number of people. What this means is that one should not cause harm to themselves while helping others. It is my opinion that Mister Singer’s ideas are fully justifiable. First it is true that we must endeavor to provide aide and end suffering: Jeffery Obler wrote that “To ignore the needy is morally wrong, and failure to help is not acceptable” (Obler, 1986).it is also logical to assume that doing the right thing has an effect not only on the one helped but also on the helper: it makes one feel good about oneself and enriches your soul, giving you something about yourself to feel pride in your
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