Essay on The Moral Duty Of Generosity

1896 Words Oct 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
Charity is by definition, “The voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need,” and for many, this contribution implies varying amounts of income and time commitment (Oxford). However, in his work The Life You Can Save the philosopher Peter Singer argues for the primary point that even though the amount of contribution may vary between people of different means, the ratio should not. The staying power of Singer’s premise holds due to its rather strong opinions and directives pertaining to the moral duty of generosity. The obligation of generosity is not by any means a new component of charitable arguments—rather it is deeply integral to the principles of charity itself. Rather, the writer’s stipulation and assertion that an individual is obligated to donate to charity until he himself is in the state in which to the amount given is as valuable to him as it would be to the receiver, rises as the point of contention to myself. The claims that I will be asserting and supporting in this paper maintain that the view of utilitarianism on life—even if only in the aspect of charity—undermines the living of an good life, which is arguably the only true life to live, as well as the view that charity by guideline is not charity at all. In essence, Singer focuses too intensely on the utilitarian aspects of charity, which point the cause to effect of charity without taking into account the greyer boundaries of what charity idealistically personifies as well…

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