Famine, Affluence And Morality Essay example

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Peter Singer posits in his article “Famine, Affluence and Morality” that many developed countries like the United States should be willing and ready to engage in activities that promote eradication or prevention of famine, disasters or calamities throughout the world. He believes that this can only be accomplished when United States like many developed nations realize that they there is a clarion call of ethical duty upon her to do so. It our opinion that this paper will explain the main objective of Singer’s works so as to understand his arguments regarding famine, affluence, and morality. The paper will also provide the main counter arguments toward his work and his reflections and reactions to those counter arguments.
Additionally, the paper will also include Singer’s idea of marginal utility and the application of principles of duty and charity in order to provide concrete arguments in support of his argument. The question is: Should the advanced nations or rich countries come to the rescue, and assistance of poorer nations in the event of disaster and calamity? I believe that everyone must make all efforts to assist and contribute in the event of disaster and calamity even if we have to be flexible in our beliefs, values and personal assumptions as long as it does not jeopardize our existence.
First, the main objective of Singer (1972) in his article “Famine, Affluence and Morality”, is Americans have the moral duty or obligation to assist and support nations that…

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