The Singer Solution And World Poverty

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Published on September 5, 1999, in The New York Times Magazine, the article “The Singer Solution to World Poverty”, was written by philosopher Peter Singer. This article states that the solution to world poverty is for Americans to donate income, not vital for necessities, to aid overseas organizations. Throughout his argument, Peter Singer uses such strategies as ethos, pathos, and logos to build his attempt at a legitimate argument. Thousands of children die every single day due to hunger, and using various logical fallacies Singer seems to ring on the reader’s emotions, making them feel guilty. Although Singer’s argument seems to be very unrealistic, it is true that people should be more aware of poverty, and take the necessary action to try to prevent it. American’s have worked for their wealth, so why should we be to blame for world hunger? Through Singers many hypothetical narrations he convinces readers that the fulfillment of indulgences of luxuries is trivial in comparison to the needs of the world’s poor. In this article ethos is displayed throughout in many ways, beginning when Singer starts out by displaying trustworthiness through his authority as a utilitarian philosopher. He does this by stating his argument with undeniable confidence, which is displayed to the readers from the start. We trust him, and what he says, because of his credentials and this is a tactic exercised by various authorities, such as writers and public figures. The moral appeal to end…
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