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Peter Singer Famine Influence And Morality Summary

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Critical Analysis of Peter Singer’s ‘Famine, Affluence, and Morality’ Article In the article “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” by Peter Singer, Singer begins by introducing the situation that is occurring in East Bengal in November 1971. He explains that there are about 9 million people who are dying from lack of food, shelter, and medical care. He states that what is happening in India is only an example of what is happening in several parts of the world today, there are so many people who are living in poverty and who are suffering of famine. He then points out that we, in wealthy nations/ countries like the United States can help prevent the suffering of these people and that we have the moral obligation to do so. However, as he mentions, we human beings have not been able to prevent this famine because we lack immorally. Singer thinks that we as a society have done nothing to help those in need and he believes that it is our moral duty to help those in need. Singer purposes two principles in his argument a strong principle in which he supports and a weak principle in which he repeals. His strong principle states that, 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. His moderate(weak) principle states that, if it is in our power to prevent something very bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything morally significant, we ought, morally, to do
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