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Peter Singer Famine, Affluence And Morality

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The reasoning behind this is that those who live in affluent nations lack an acceptable moral scheme when it comes to combating and preventing famine and poverty across the globe. He urges that society lives by egalitarianistic ways: the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities Schmidtz, Anyone who has more money than is required to take care of oneself and family, or in a political position within the government, has the means to make the necessary changes Troop, The first counter-argument raised in his article is that of charity vs.

Charity is looked at as generosity without a consequence of not being generous, it is superogatory Singer, If the moral scheme were to be revised that men ought to do something, then they would be condemned if they did nothing. The second counter-argument is that if everyone is in the same position as each other, then one would only have to give the same amount of effort, no more, no less than the next person. However, this can only happen if everyone gave simultaneously and unexpectedly. Singer answers this argument saying that if that were to occur, then there would be too much given unnecessarily.

Since relief is normally expected after a natural disaster, one only has to look at the person giving before him and know how much to give since there is no obligation to give more to reach the set goal. The last counter-argument is that with the view of utilitarianism, everyone would be working full time to increase the balance of happiness over misery and that too much effort would cause us to be less effective. Singer concedes this point and simply puts forth that if there is no famine or poverty then he has no claim. However, since they do exist, we do need to put forth as much effort as possible in order to greatly reduce suffering. Personally, while I do agree with Singer that some changes do need to be made, I largely find his hypothesis to be grossly unrealistic.

Mainly, a large number of jobs would be lost as a result, therefore only adding to the famine and poverty levels. If I have two bananas and I eat one and give the other one away to be eaten, then there would be nothing left for either of us to work off of in the future. Yule, et al. To that end, it is not a matter of individuals helping each other and raising the moral standard, as Singer states; famine and poverty relief is more reliant on necessary technological advances in energy, food production, and a shift in per capita use.

References Schmidtz, D. Diminishing marginal utility and egalitarian redistribution. Journal of Value Inquiry, 34 , Singer, P. Famine, affluence, and morality. Troop, D. Chronicle Of Higher Education, 57 Can ordinary folks make a difference with "effective altruism"? They can make a difference by giving to the best and most cost-effective organizations that are doing good. Regular people do give, and that's great, but often they don't check the organizations that they're giving to. And there are enormous differences in how much good you can do, depending on the organization that you give to. Did your upbringing affect your career and your views on human suffering?

Your parents, who were Jewish and lived in Austria, left for Australia in as Nazi persecution of Jews mounted, and three of your grandparents were killed in the Holocaust. Clearly, it gave me a sharp awareness of the potential of humans to inflict suffering on other humans and the dangers of racism and authoritarian rule and the dangers of suppressing freedom of expression and democratic procedures in electing leaders.

All of that had an impact on me. But it's still a leap from the work I've done on global poverty or reducing the suffering of animals. To me, that seems something separate. But obviously, looking back, yes, I'm sure my family background did have some impact. There was one that happened when I was studying philosophy and ethics at Oxford University in A Canadian graduate student invited me to his college for lunch. The place was [serving] spaghetti with a brown sauce on it. My friend asked someone who worked there if there was meat in the sauce. He was told there was, so he took the salad. I asked him why he asked that question about the meat, and he simply told me that he didn't think the way that animals were treated was right.

That was an important moment for me because it brought home the ethics I was studying. I was eating meat probably twice a day at that time. I didn't know much about how animals were treated then, but he told me a bit and I found out some more, and I agreed with him that I couldn't defend the way animals were being treated to be turned into meat. So I stopped eating meat. That led me to think about other things I was doing, including spending money. Around that time, India was appealing for help. It had millions of refugees from what was then East Pakistan coming into the country to escape oppression. I thought, gee, I should be doing something about this.

I've got money I don't really need. Your drowning-child thought experiment has been taught in classrooms all over the world. I always wondered why you chose that analogy of all things. It's a very powerful and disturbing image. And it's also prescient. It kind of reminds me of the little Syrian boy who drowned. A photo of the child inspired so many people to donate money, although the impact seems to have faded. So why did I choose that example? I wanted an example where people could see that it was wrong not to help, even though the person who they were helping was a complete stranger. I also wanted a case where they could help at some cost to themselves but not endanger their lives or put themselves at any serious risk.

That seemed parallel to the situation of people who have spare money to help those in extreme poverty. Yes, there's some financial cost to you helping, but it's not a great sacrifice. It's not like you have to break down the door of a burning building and rush in and grab a child where the roof could collapse and you could be caught in the fire.

So that was the kind of example I was looking for. I was a graduate student at Oxford at the time when I was starting to think about this question. And some of the colleges where I would have lunch would have little ornamental ponds. Perhaps some of those ponds were on my mind that made me think, "Suppose there was a child who had fallen in there. You don't shy away from controversial views. In your book Practical Ethics , for example, you argue that parents should have the right to end the lives of newborns with severe disabilities. We had asked a reporter to interview you, and she refused the assignment because she is appalled by your stand on this issue.

I'm sure you've had other harsh reactions. Have you rethought or changed your view? If a newborn infant is likely to have a really bad life, then I think we shouldn't say this life must be preserved no matter what. Now, I'm not in a position to judge which infants are going to have good lives or bad lives. The parents of those children are in the best position to judge, provided they get accurate information on the prospects of their child and the impact the child will have on them and their family as well.

This decision ought to be up to parents on the basis of consultation with their doctors, of course, but also preferably in consultation with other people who are familiar with that condition. Maybe people who have the condition that their newborn infant has or maybe people who are the parents of a child with that condition. Have I changed my views on this? Not in the fundamentals. I used to say parents should consult with their doctors. I've been made more aware that some doctors may not be well-informed about the life prospects of children with disabilities. That's why I now add that parents should try to get information from organizations of people who either have or are the parents of people with specific disabilities before making these choices.

How do you distinguish between your view and the view of various political groups that have talked about terminating lives they do not see as having value or worth. You may have been thinking of the Nazi policy of so-called euthanasia for what the [Nazis] referred to [in German] as Lebensunwertes Leben , "a life not worthy of living. But they were applying racist and eugenicist principles to this — and many of the people that they killed were not suffering and were enjoying their lives, in fact.

So I think that's the major difference. The other difference is that I don't want the state to make these decisions. I want parents to make these decisions. How has the pandemic affected your worldview? Are people being more altruistic? When there were no vaccines around, [a younger neighbor] offered to do the grocery shopping for my wife and me because older people were at higher risk. I actually didn't accept that. I thought the risk was not that great and I could bear it. But [these altruistic impulses] haven't been general.

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