Essay on Famine, Affluence And Morality, By Peter Singer

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In the text Famine, Affluence and Morality, Peter Singer theorizes that many developed countries like the United States should be eager and ready to engage in activities that would aid in the extinction of famine and disasters that occur throughout the world. It is clear that Singer believes that this can only be accomplished once developed nations realize that there is an ethical duty to do so. Throughout this text Singer states three obligations that would help the Bengal region, which is the example he uses to help state his case. These three obligations can be summed up as: 1. Death and suffering caused by lack of necessities are bad. 2. If someone can prevent something bad from happening without creating harm to themselves then they should. 3. One must contribute as much as they possibly can in order to avoid the problems of death and suffering in under developed countries. The first main objective that Singer specifies is that Americans have the moral obligation to assist and support nations that suffer from disasters and not because the country is wealthy. However, the sad truth is that many Americans may choose not to engage in the attempt to help these countries in need if they do not believe in this moral obligation. To show an example, he draws from the disaster that occurred in East Bengal. Throughout this text he expresses frustration towards individuals to become refuges, but he emphasizes that wealthy countries still have a responsibility to help towards…

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