11.05.07 Singer Famine Affluence Morality

11.05.07 Singer Famine Affluence Morality - Peter Singer...

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Peter Singer “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” Softening you up Singer's Basic Argument (3 premises) Argument for 3 premises Objections and replies
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The State of the World
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Some Alarming Statistics (in 2002) 6-15 million people in Ethiopia face starvation. - About $11 million is needed In 2004, the U.S. Spent 0.18% GDP (about $20.67 billion) on foreign aid. - 18.3% went to Africa - 38.4% went to the Middle East - 12.3% spent on “Humanitarian” aid “immediate alleviation of humanitarian emergencies” In 2004, 0.9% of budget was for aid, 19.6% of budget was for defense.
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What is more important? B-2 “Stealth Bomber” - Cost: $727 million to 2.2 billion Starving families - $20 can feed an Ethiopian family of six for 6 months. - One (cheap) B-2 can feed 36,350,000 families of six for 6 months.
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Singer's Basic Argument (p. 614) (1) If you can prevent something bad from happening and you can do so without thereby sacrificing something of comparable moral worth, then you ought, morally, to prevent it. -
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11.05.07 Singer Famine Affluence Morality - Peter Singer...

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