Phil-famine relief - Rolando Hernandez 03/22/10 Phil:...

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Rolando Hernandez 03/22/10 Phil: Ethics 201 Prof. Sosa Famine relief Peter Singer : Utilitarian Moral obligation to contribute to famine relief whatever we can spare above our basic necessities as we have to refrain from theft and murder( rather drastic stance) Singer and most utilitarians hold that failing to save life is as culpable as actively taking a life. The food is there just not being passed around – problem is one of distribution rather that production As there is an absolute poverty there is an absoluter affluence, have more than we need and should give up this excess to those that do. We use wealth to increase our luxury in life not just to cover our basic needs. Is this the moral equiv. to murder? Obligation to assist. 1. If we can prevent something bad without sacrificing anything of comparable signifigance, we ought to do it. 2 absolute poverty is bad. 3 . there is some absolute poverty we can prevent without sacrificing anything of comp. moral signif. Concluding that we ought to prevent sone absolute pov.
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