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PHIL 1200 Chapter 1: Topic 1

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PHIL 1200
David R.Hampton

lP78R William’s conclusion from looking at cases where people are forced to follow other peoples’ plans for utilitarian considerations” “………………….” Peter Signer ~ Famine, Affluence and Morality The Utilitarian Principle An act is good in proportion to its increasing overall happiness Bad in proportion to its decreasing overall happiness Singer’s Starting Point Contrast between famine and poverty in developing nations and affluence in developed ones An important point here This situation is not inevitable There is plenty of food around for all humans on earth So, the problem is distributing food and not producing it What is most troubling Rich countries do not do much to help the poor ones And even more troubling People in rich countriesdo not seem to be that concerned about this, at all Ambitious project Reform our way of thinking about ethics and even perhaps, change our behaviour
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