lecture17 - INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY LECTURE 17 SINGER ON...

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1 1 LECTURE 17 SINGER ON FAMINE INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY 2 1971 East Bengal famine. "There is nothing unique about this situation except its magnitude. . . . There are also many parts of the world in which people die from malnutrition and lack of food independent of any special emergency." THE SITUATION (1971) 3 It is still true that there are many preventable cases of suffering and death from disease, malnutrition, and bad drinking water. Each of the last 30 years, more than 10 million children per year have died easily preventable deaths. THE CURRENT SITUATION (1995) 1
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4 In 1995 3 million from dehydrating diarrhea. [15 cents] 3.5 from pneumonia. [25 cents] 1 million from measles. [< $1] 1 million from polio, tetanus, diphtheria, tuberculosis and whooping cough. [< $17] THE CURRENT SITUATION (1995) 2 5 United States Committee for UNICEF United Nations Children's Fund 333 East 38th Street New York, NY 10016 1-800-367-5437 (Visa/AMEX/MasterCard) TWO QUESTIONS Will you act? Is it morally wrong not to act? WHAT ANYONE (YOU) CAN DO 6 Singer's Thesis: Our normal reaction to the extreme suffering of poverty, famine, and disease (doing little or nothing) cannot be justified and is seriously morally wrong. SINGER'S THESIS
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