Ethics and Morality Wendy Merrill

Topics: Ethics, Poverty, Utilitarianism Pages: 4 (928 words) Published: July 23, 2013
Running Head: Famine, Affluence and Morality 1

Famine, Affluence and Morality

Wendy Merrill

PHI208

Alexandrea Ravenelle

March 25, 2013

Morality 2

In the article 'Famine, Affluence and Morality”, written by Peter Singer, he starts by

recounting several facts about how significant and large the poverty level is in East Bengal in

the year 1971.Morality can be seen in several different ways with several different meanings. It

can be seen as an object or the state of affair of the object that can be viewed as either a good

thing or a bad thing. An event can also have morality, because it can be either seen as

something that is wrong or something that is right. And lastly a person can either be and do

good things or even bad things and can either be praised for what they did or didn't do and can

also be blamed for what they did or didn't do.

The goal that Peter Singer is trying to convey in his article is that he is trying to convince people that that if famine is so bad(which most will not argue) in a poor country or community then people are morally obligated to do something about it and to either stop it from happening or to prevent it from happening. Singer says “if it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance we ought, morally, to do...

References: Mosser, K (2010). Philosophy: A Concise Introduction. San Diego, Ca. Bridgepoint Education, Inc
Singer, Peter (1971) Famine, Affluence, and Morality. Philosophy and Public Affairs, vol. 1. no. 1(spring 1972), pp 229-243
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