Essay Famine, Affluence And Mortality By Peter Singer

1335 Words Feb 19th, 2016 6 Pages
In “Famine, Affluence and Mortality”, Peter Singer sets out to critique how those in affluent countries have a moral obligation to give and do far more to help those who are suffering than they actually do. According to singer, human beings and governments have the capability to prevent suffering in other parts of the world and have not done enough to help. He uses the situation in Bengal as an example because it has arguably the most extreme and largest-growing problem in the world. Individuals and governments were aware of the problem, which is why he chose this as the primary example to begin his critique. The situation in Bengal represents the thousands of other emergencies, disasters, problem etc. that go on throughout the world. The way people look at moral issues like the one in Bengal is the basis of Singer’s argument that our moral conceptual scheme needs to be altered. The argument is not only about the way human beings view these disasters worldwide but how they view their own society and what they have been taking for granted.
Based on the suffering throughout the world, Singer stresses that human beings need to revise their “moral conceptual scheme.” According to Singer, human beings have a moral obligation to give more and need to alter their current life in order to help others. He feels that this is the revision that lies at the core of people altering their moral conceptual scheme. He comes to this position by providing three main principles that explain…

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