Analysis Of Peter Singer's Famine, Affluence And Morality

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In Peter Singer 1972 article “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” He offers a situational thought experiment in which he makes you question your moral values. It goes like this, imagine you’re walking to class and you are feeling good about how great you looked in your brand new $200 shoes. You pass by this pond and noticed that there is a small child drowning and realize there isn’t much time to call anyone for help. You could stride into the water and pull her to safety, but If you take the time to remove your shoes and it’ll be too late. The second option is that you jump in knowing that the muddy water would ruin the new shoes. Singer goes on by saying that he’s sure that we would all give the same answer and jump in and save the girl…show more content…
These are just small ways in which they can improve their lives. The everyday America has this amount of money sitting around in their coat pocket. So why are these people around the world still dying? however, most people don’t feel the weight of responsibility to help a dying child that they cannot see or do not know of. People only help went they are faced with the opportunity and then based their decision to help with their own moral values. Singer created a great thought experiment in a way that tests one’s moral value, but one flaw would be that there wasn’t anyone else around in the situation. You are the only one around in the setting therefore you must help the child. So, the question is, what if there were many people standing around in the same location? Would we all have to the responsibility to have to save the child or will we not stand and watch. According to Singer, if you can help others avoid harm, then you are morally obligated to help them. However, I don’t believe this is always the case. I believe sometimes you might not be benefiting that other person because they have put themselves in a situation in which they might have caused that upon themselves. An example of this would be you’re at a crosswalk waiting for the light. A man in a sports

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