Lecture 7 notes
Lecture 7 notes IAH 206
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Singer THE LIFE YOU CAN SAVE Asks a moral question What is our obligation towards global hunger This book is about arguments Peter Singer Philosopher We are morally obligated to give help to the poor and hungry at a reasonable sacri ce to ourselves It is not a matter of charity We should do whatever gives the greatest good to greatest number of people Principal we should have on the back of our mind Arguments 1 General moral principal We should maximize the over good in the world 2 Factual claim We will bring about more good overall if we refrain from spending money to ourselves but instead contribute that money to the welfare of the global poor 3 Conclusion Therefore we should donate the global poor The arguments in the book are not utilitarian Suffering and death are really bad If you can prevent something bad from happening without sacri cing anything nearly as important then it is your moral obligation to do it If you donate to aid agencies you prevent suffering If you do not donate and spend that money in something you do not need then you are doing something wrong The pond argument Child example in the book The decision about whether to save the child is similar to fact if you donate or not It would obviously be morally wrong not to save the child
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