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phil paper 2 - Connor Blair 2-21-2007 Paper #2 Word Count:...

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Connor Blair 2-21-2007 Paper #2 Word Count: 646 “Famine, Influence, and Morality” is one of the most important philosophical documents in recent history. Peter Singer, the author, argues for a conclusion that, if true, would profoundly change the human lifestyle and outlook towards charity. I will argue why his conclusions are morally correct and why I feel morally obligated to live out his conclusions. To start, Singer’s first premise is that living in absolute poverty and dying from it is a bad thing. i The second premise is that, morally, if I can prevent suffering or something bad from happening I should, unless it requires me to sacrifice something of comparable moral importance. ii Singer’s conclusion is that the way affluent culture reacts to poverty is wrong and that we don’t truly believe it. To illustrate this Singer uses the example of a child drowning in a shallow pond. Would I save the child if I was walking by? Of course I would. I would give everything short of death to save its life. This proves the conclusion correct. I do believe that dying because of suffering is a bad thing and that if I can prevent it without sacrificing something morally comparable then I
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Richardcameron during the Spring '07 term at DePauw.

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