PHIL 160 Lecture #21 Handout-1

PHIL 160 Lecture #21 Handout-1 - PHIL 160 Handout for...

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PHIL 160 Handout for Lecture #21 November 27, 2007 Moral Obligations to Those In Desperate Need The Shallow Pond Case: On his morning walk to work Donald stumbles upon an infant frantically thrashing about in a shallow pond. Donald recognizes that the infant is in peril of drowning and will drown if no one saves it. He realizes that he can easily save the infant by wading into the pond, picking it up, and safely transporting it to dry land. He also realizes, however, that doing this will ruin the pants to his new Brooks Brothers suit. Without giving it a second thought, Donald decides not to save the infant and ruin his pants. He walks on and has a productive day at the office. The infant drowns. The Letter Case: John receives a letter in the mail from Oxfam informing him that with a donation of $200 he can save the life of a starving child in Nigeria. (A donation of $200 can transform a sickly 2-year-old into a healthy 6-year-old--offering safe passage through childhood’s most dangerous years.) Jim has $200 on hand, but he plans to spend that money on a new pair of pants for his Brooks Brothers suit. Without giving it a second thought, Jim
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course PHIL 160 taught by Professor Pete during the Fall '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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