PHIL 140-Famine, Affluence and Morality

PHIL 140-Famine, Affluence and Morality - Famine,...

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Famine, Affluence, and Morality: by Peter Singer Begins w/ 2 moral principles o Suffering and death from lack of food, shelter and medical care are bad o If we can prevent something bad from happening (w/o sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance) then we should do it o We should prevent something bad from happening “unless we have to sacrifice something morally significant” Conlusion: It is moral duty, not charity, for affluent nations to help starving people in poor countries Britain and Australia are the two countries that aid others w/ the most money Supererogation : performance beyond the call of duty Duty vs. Charity 1. According to Singer, what are the moral implications of the situation that occurred in East Bengal? A: We should help them. 2. What is Singer’s first moral principle? A: Suffering and death from lack of food, shelter and medical care are bad 3. What is the second principle? Distinguish between the two different versions of this principle. A: If we can prevent something bad from happening (w/o sacrificing anything of
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2008 for the course PHIL 140g taught by Professor Kwon during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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