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Ethics - Session 16


Department
Philosophy
Course Code
PHLA11H3
Professor
Kelin Emmett

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Ethics Session 16
global poverty
Peter Singer
Singer
relatively affluent
stronger obligations to aid global poor
we ought to change
radical conclusion from simple premise
page 231
“suffering from lack of food...”
two versions of premise two
strong version
if you can stop bad things from happening without sacrificing something of
comparable importance, you ought to do so
moderate version
if you can stop very bad things from happening without sacrificing something of
moral significance, you ought to do so
Singer
thinks that everybody should accept the strong version of premise two
premise three
spending money on luxuries
not morally significant
premise four
donate money to aid agencies to prevent „bad things from happening‟
conclusion
ought to donate
it is wrong to not donate
challenges traditional view
donating money is charitable and praiseworthy
Singer
traditional view
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