Lecture Notes - 071206 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 July 12, 2006...

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Katie Kerr PHL 304 July 12, 2006 Famine, Affluence, and Morality Peter Singer It is morally wrong not to prevent suffering whenever one can do so without  sacrificing anything morally significant. Assumption: Suffering and death from lack of food, shelter, and medical care are bad. If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby  sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we morally ought to do it.  [Principle P] Principle P: not to promote what is good but just to prevent what is bad Without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance =  without causing anything comparably bad to happen, or doing something  hat is wrong in itself, or failing to promote some moral goods, comparable  in significance to the bad thing we can prevent P seems uncontroversial, but isn’t: (a) It takes no account of proximity (and helping my neighbor is different 
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PHIL 304 taught by Professor Roddy during the Summer '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Lecture Notes - 071206 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 July 12, 2006...

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