Essay about What Is Singer 's Initial Principle?

1041 Words Apr 20th, 2016 null Page
1. Singer’s initial principle is as follows, “if it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we ought, morally, to do it” (866) According to Singer this is means that it one must prevent something bad or avoid cause any more damage events from happening but are not required to promote something good in return. (866) He goes on to explain that this principle only applies when we do not have to sacrifice anything from a moral standpoint that is deemed comparably important.
In addition to, Singer’s qualified version of the principle states , “if it is in our power to prevent something very bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything morally significant, we ought, morally do it”.( 866)
In my opinion the initial and qualified version of the principle differ in society’s expectations which effects how they sacrifice and its outcome. For example, Singer mentions the refugees as a group that have no connection to someone in a western country a million miles away; however they are still people in need. Essentially, the suffering of the refugees is not directly affecting us; however it is morally right to donate to aid relief. The issue arises on the question of how much do you give? In my opinion the initial principle says to give the minimum because if you give more than your life style may suffer. I believe that the qualified principle is stating that if it is in your means to aid…

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