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Question #1 - Are you required to live as an effective altruist in order to follow an ethical life?
Response - Singer initially states that living an ethical life is contingent on being an effective altruist - i.e. an individual that donates the majority of their salary to the less fortunate, thereby surviving on the essentials required to live. (Igneski, 147) He argues that individuals are not living the most ethical life possible unless they follow the utilitarian principle of creating the most good for the greatest number of people. (Igneski, 148) However, upon further study of individuals mentioned in Singer’s work Practical Ethics and the Life You Can Save, we are able to recognize that effective altruists are not required to be utilitarians, they can value their children and friendships as much as they do strangers, they do not have to sacrifice important life projects in order to help others, and they can live with more than the bare minimum needed to survive. (Igneski, 148) Although Igneski disagrees with Singer’s initial statement that in order to live an ethical life you need to be an effective altruist, she agrees that people are morally obligated to help those in need. She holds that living an ethical life does not solely mean aiding needy persons, but also requires people to act out of emotion and attachment for their loved ones, while expressing concern for those nearby. (Igneski, 148) For example, an individual that once suffered from a heroin addiction now has an occupation as a drug abuse counsellor and donates to an organization that helps substance abusers across the world. This person is able to fulfill their desired life project of helping those suffering from drug abuse after receiving help
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2016. Living a Meaningful and Ethical Life in the Face of Great Need: Responding to Singer's The Most Good You Can Do: Journal of Global Ethics: Vol 12, No 2. Journal of Global
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