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Kekes’ Analysis of Singer’s Obligation of the Rich to Help the Poor - ... But singer realizes that the general acceptance of the stance that the rich are morally obligated to help the poor would lead to a revision of the affluent conceptual moral scheme and it would have ‘radical implications as well on their status. But given the suffering from absolute abject poverty, nothing less is called for. Singer then thinks that the rich should change the way they think. He is persuading the rich to do this, and what he wants to do- is to propose and defend a principle and this principle is called the prevention principle and he claims that this principle seems uncontroversial-But Kekes(2002: 506) claims that this patently false due to five reasons: First, it obvio...   [tags: moral obligation, basic necesities] 1051 words
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The Obligation to Endure - “The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.” (Arthur Keith) Civilization began with agriculture, and agriculture continues to be an integral part of our lives. Civilization brought knowledge, knowledge brought technology, and technology brought chemicals and pesticides to “improve” our world. “The Obligation to Endure” is an excerpt from Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” a passionate and masterful work on the results of civilization’s efforts to control pests and insects....   [tags: Article Analysis ]
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The Utalitarian Approach to Moral Obligation - ... Hume thinks that the actions envisaged cannot constitute duty; it would never be a duty unless human nature possesses some rational inclination prompting individuals to perform certain actions. Hume thinks that the content of our duties is in our natural state, because it is determined by sponantoneus inclination. Two different accounts of our moral valuation are intended when we are applying them to two distinct situations. The first account is to give a description of the basis of our moral appraisals in which only the spontaneous affections operate which there is no stable social environment....   [tags: ethical theory, hume] 623 words
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No Moral Obligation to the Earth - A relatively young philosophy and rapidly groving movement is environmentalism. It has roots in ethical philosophy. It presents a moral duty in having an obligation to the planet. However, its approach is misguided: While it is obviously useful to study and to be familiar with the the Earth we inhabit, presenting a moral obligation of protecting it is an incorrect approach. Many have been lead to accept this falsehood, guided by shaky logic and sentimental notions of no moral concern. We have no moral obligation to the Earth....   [tags: ethical philosophy, morality, environmentalism]
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The Wild Thornberrys; obligation of humanity - In society, humanity has the opportunity to communicate with other species by using emotional empathy, cognitive empathy, and non-verbal communication. This opportunity is also seen as an obligation to be able to communicate with animals and with these advantages, should be successful. In the Wild Thornberrys, Eliza demonstrates the obligation for humanity to use a combination of emotional and cognitive empathy and non-verbal communication to build a relationship with animals. Emotional empathy is necessary in developing a relationship....   [tags: Emotional and Cognitive Empathy]
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Obligation to Obey Governing Bodies - I believe it is safe to say that the subjects of any legitimate state have an obligation to at obey their governing bodies. Underlying my own obedience to my country's laws are a number of reasons - an understanding of my obligation to take responsibility for my own actions, a recognition of my government's authority over me, a belief that the laws of my country are well-founded, and a fear of the consequences of disobeying said laws. Without laws, a society would quickly crumble into disorder and chaos, unless its entire population is benevolent and selfless....   [tags: Government] 1425 words
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Moral Obligation or Moral Responsibility - Moral obligation is a controversial matter. We currently live in a “world of plenty”, however, the number of human beings dying or suffering from hunger, malnutrition or disease is staggering. In this essay, I am going to examine the arguments for and against moral obligation to helping the poor and starving, and in particular I will take into account Singer’s opinions on the matter. “Do we have any obligations to, or moral responsibility for, people living in other countries. If so, are we responsible only for our political allies, or obligated only to countries we think can benefit us....   [tags: human rights, hunger, malnutrition]
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An Obligation to Wear Darkness - In Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Hawthorne uses gloomy diction and tone to characterize both the apprehension of the people and the affliction of the veil on Mr. Hooper. Throughout the passage, Hawthorne utilizes fairly simple diction, avoiding long, obscure words. Words like “preternatural” and “impertinence” are among the few words that may cause an average reader some trouble. Consequently, Hawthorne’s writing appeals to and targets the common man as an audience, as he writes with a straightforward choice of words....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 1000 words
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Moral obligation to help - Peter Singer said; “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” (Famine, Affluence, and Morality). As human beings, we have a moral compulsion to help other people, despite the verity that they may be strangers, especially when whatever type of aid we may render can in no approach have a more significant consequence on our own life. For instance, it was an extremely sunny day in Ghana, West Africa, and I had gone out to the well to fetch water....   [tags: Ethics]
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Politics and Christian Obligation - The day we believe we cannot change our world is the day we believe we cannot influence our neighbor; because to influence our neighbor is to influence part of the world. There is an underlying current that politics are not commendable for Christian interaction, and at best it should remain: a law based moral philosophy. I will argue that these positions are in error. Politics are a human endeavor and worthy of interaction by those that hold a Biblical theology. In short, Christians have an obligation to interact in politics....   [tags: Politics ]
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Obligation to Endure: Chapter in Silent Spring - “The Obligation to Endure” chapter in Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring is a gripping chapter that is overwhelmed with vital information on chemicals and pesticides that everyone is subjected to each and every day. Carson’s chapter is explanatory, and she wants to inform her readers, the general public, the main problem of our population is the humans who contaminate everything they touch. These humans have created things that can build up inside the tissues of plants and animals and alter genetics beyond anyone’s beliefs (Carson 8)....   [tags: Rachel Carson's Book] 1308 words
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Regret and Obligation - Regret and Obligation ABSTRACT: In Albert Camus' 1950 play Just Assassins, terrorists are at work in nineteenth-century Russia. They kill people, and they all believe that there is a superior moral reason for doing so. But they also know that killing is wrong. In their own view, they are innocent criminals; innocent, because their action is justified, but criminals, because they kill. So tacitly they conclude that they deserve punishment that will remove the regret from their shoulders. Their execution, by the same despotic authorities they are attacking, completes their actions: regret, caused by justified killing, gets its counterpart....   [tags: Just Assassins Camus Essays]
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How Far Does Our Moral Obligation Extend? - ... People often feel less guilty about doing nothing if they have others alongside them that have also done nothing. In relation to the drowning child, would it make sense that it's okay for me not to do anything simply because no one else has yet. No, of course not. Whether one or five people walk by, each one of them and you have a moral obligation to go rescue that child. People also raise the issue of only doing their part. For example, we've all heard those ads that say "If everyone donates just one dollar it would be enough to feed an entire third world country"....   [tags: supererority vs obligatory acts] 1338 words
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The Marital Obligation in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - ... Swear this and I will swear to our alliance.”(330) Chaucer is showing that one must have dominion in order to have a marriage and the significant other must realize this as well. The Marquis tests her vow multiple times to see if she truly wants to be in alliance with him. She does and eventually they have a happy marriage because of the dominion of Walter. He was able to exert control to see if this was a true marriage or not. Chaucer's view on marriage as shown in the Clerk's Tale is that men in the relationship should have the dominant power over their wife and that all wives must obey their husbands, but not all have to go through what Griselde necessarily had to deal with....   [tags: power, control, marriage] 781 words
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Beowulf´s Obligation to the Anglo- Saxon Code - ... A part of the Anglo-Saxon code is to honor your duty; Beowulf made the trip to Hrothgar’s Mede hall because he had a duty to do so. He was known all over as the greatest warrior, Hrothgar himself would even say, “Well may he say, whose judgment is just, recalling to memory men of the past, that this earl was born of a better stock. Your fame, friend Beowulf, is blazoned abroad over all wide ways, and to every people. In manful fashion have you showed your strength, your might and wisdom. My word I will keep, the plighted friendship we formerly pledged....   [tags: warrior, monster, battle, duty] 747 words
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Brotherly Love in Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin and Tobias Wolff´s The Rich Brother - "The complexity of " In both "Sonny’s Blues" and "The Rich Brother", one of the two brothers encounters success through his life whereas the younger one does not follow the same path and constantly disappoints the other. Pete and Sonny’s brother unconditionally love their own brothers for numerous different reasons and they feel an obligation to the other. They believe that it is their duty to take care of Donald and Sonny, but at the same time they cannot or at least in the beginning understand what drives their brothers in life and moreover the reasons that push them to make the choices they are constantly making....   [tags: Family, Obligation]
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Democracy and Political Obligation - The public life of political servants is characterized by other duties and obligations than private life. Conflicts can even arise between a person's public and private duties. The central point of this paper is to examine whether this difference of duties can be regarded as an effect of different forms of obligation. Can we speak of a particular form of political obligation in the same way in which Kant distinguishes between ethical and legal obligation, the former pertaining to intentions and the latter to external aspects of the action....   [tags: What is Politics?]
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Universal Human Rights Compliance in Ethiopia - Introductory Remark’s All mankind should enjoy human rights because of the mere fact that they are human-beings. Human rights have two dimensions – entitlement and obligation. Entitlement is the right holder privilege of enjoying human right whereas obligation is a duty bearer responsibility in the enjoyment of human rights. Mostly the duty bearers for the enjoyment of human right are states. That is the main duties derived from human right fall on states and their authorities or agents not on individuals....   [tags: obligation to respect] 2444 words
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Response to a Tragic and Difficult Issue - Response to a Tragic and Difficult Issue Introduction In view of this tragic circumstance, and the moral obligation here is an extremely difficult decision to compose. Having to rethink the entire two decades of written material incontestably was powerful and challenging. I struggle to imagine what Ms. Wolf must have been going thru, as it brings tears to my eyes. Having your father (although I never had one) relying on you for terminal decisions about his life says a lot about the closeness father and daughter experienced....   [tags: Moral Obligation]
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On the Obligation to Keep One’s Promises - On the Obligation to Keep One’s Promises Moral philosophy is generally in pursuit of the “ought.” More specifically, a common goal is to create some sort of rubric for evaluating specific situations, and in the face of a decision, revealing what “ought to be done.” A very important and consequently complicated “ought” is that which dictates if one should keep a promise. This topic is so vast that is seems it would take a great deal of effort to make progress towards an answer, and in fact, there have been volumes of philosophy written about this very subject matter....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Discussing the Obligation to Help the Absolutely Poor - Discussing the Obligation to Help the Absolutely Poor The question of who deserves what and who owes what to who is a philosophical question that people unendingly attempt to answer, never coming to a universal and workable conclusion. No matter what outcome is decided upon, someone is destined to be unhappy about it, as unhappiness almost seems to be the defining human condition, with someone always being unhappy about something. However, there are a few who have attempted to answer this question in a reasonable and moral manner, such as Nozick, Singer, and Rachels....   [tags: Papers] 819 words
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Society and The Term Professionals: Do Professionals Have an Obligation to Society? - “Professionals have an obligation to serve society” Introduction Society has placed a special meaning to the term professionals. A professional is expected to perform and maintain him or herself at a high standard in exercising sensitive and moral judgement in all their practices. Members of the professional world should accept the obligation to serve society and honour the public in performing all responsibilities with integrity in order maintain public confidence. Society does have an obligation to serve society in that they must practice in way that they do not harm others or perform any misconduct behaviour or actions....   [tags: knowledge, service, rights, priviledges]
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Cimate Change: New Zealand’s Obligation to the Kyoto Protocol - ... This can have many implications on an organisation. One issue that an organisation may face from the beginning is highlighting sustainability in their mission statement. When they do this they are bound by social obligation to ensure that any processes and products they offer are in line with sustainability. For a New Zealand organization wanting to take advantage of the ‘clean and green’ brand they will have to incorporate sustainability from the top management downwards. Organizations may want to also use sustainability as a means of gaining competitive advantage over their competition....   [tags: environment, sustainability, emission levels] 984 words
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Moral Obligation has Taken Over the Civil Rights Movement - ... (Gurin, Dey, Hurtado, & Gurin, 2002). Racial diversity is a positive contributor to students’ academic self-concept, social self-concept, retention, matriculation to graduation, and overall collegiate satisfaction concluded (Chang, 1999). Chang also found that future unintentional interactions encouraging cross-racial socialization among collegians is fostered by purposeful exposure to diverse peers fostered. The number of diverse students does not change the organizational structures or support systems that welcome, educate, or promote diversity, but an increased population of more racially and ethnically diverse students can make the campus look more diverse than what the figures repr...   [tags: campuses, racial, multicultural] 1917 words
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Improving Society: Mill’s On Liberty and Marx’s Communist Manifesto - ... When Mill says that he denies that there is a right to impose coercive opinions on someone, it suggests that it is the social responsibility of everyone to openly express and discus, and without that in place there is no true liberty. Mill speaks to all members of society, including those in power, and argues social obligation rests on the individual for progress, while, on the other hand, while Marx’s ideas require the participation of majority to be successful. While Mill says social duty is a byproduct of the freedom of individuality and acceptance of diversity, Marx claims that unification is the responsibility of the working class for the advancement of society and implies that the...   [tags: social obligation, ideology] 1690 words
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The Debate Over International Assistance and Cooperation - There is a significant ongoing debate involving the phrase ‘international assistance and cooperation’ which is used in human rights law instruments. The lingering questions, of what the phrase means and whether or not there is a right to it, persist. The scope of this essay will focus upon the inclusion of these words in Article 2 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Here the reasons for the uncertainties and continued deliberation will be explored and answers to both of these integral questions identified....   [tags: economic, obligation, treaties] 1771 words
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Is There a Duty for Global Wealth Redistribution? - ... Peter Singer’s article published in 1972 refers to the Bangladesh famine that developed a period of mass starvation that was characterized by massive flooding along the Brahmaputra River, which inevitably caused thousands of deaths to the lives of innocent people. Singer utilitarian approach argues that citizens in prosperous countries do have an ethical obligation to provide assistance to victims of such disasters, and that we all do have a duty to serve. Singer’s main principle was 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” (1972: 231)....   [tags: obligation, inernationally, poverty] 2413 words
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The Confucian Filial Obligation and Care for Aged Parents - The Confucian Filial Obligation and Care for Aged Parents ABSTRACT: Some moral philosophers in the West (e.g., Norman Daniels and Jane English) hold that adult children have no more moral obligation to support their elderly parents than does any other person in the society, no matter how much sacrifice their parents made for them or what misery their parents are presently suffering. This is because children do not ask to be brought into the world or to be adopted. Therefore, there is a "basic asymmetry between parental and the filial obligations." I argue against the Daniels/English thesis by employing the traditional Confucian view of the nature of filial obligation....   [tags: Asian Philosphy Chinese Research]
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Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited - ... concerning open doors, content to give provisions and so forth. By finishing the different structures on the Foundation site you consent to impart your individual points of interest to the Foundation and any possible association or substance the Foundation may captivate to meet your solicitation. Liability of Telecom hold certain prohibitions of our obligation to you. The prohibitions and confinements on Telecom's risk that are situated out in Telecom's Standard Terms for Residential Customers and Standard Terms for Business Customers....   [tags: prohibition, obligation, security] 1042 words
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Duty of Care for Patients - “Duty of care is an obligation owed to anyone who could be injured by a person’s lack of care. It must be ‘reasonably foreseeable’ that an injury could result from the lack of care” (Townsend & Luck, 2013) Duty of care is the one thing that all health care professionals, and to some extent first aiders, use in their everyday practices. Paramedics are thought to always owe a duty of care when they are acting or serving in a professional capacity. When a health care practitioner starts a patient-doctor relationship they have identified that a duty of care exists in their relationship....   [tags: Healthcare, Legal, Obligation] 532 words
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Analysis of The Obligation to Die for the State by Michael Walzer - Analysis of The Obligation to Die for the State by Michael Walzer In his essay Michael Walzer discusses the political obligation citizens have to their state. In order to have a running community and society you have to work together and make difficult decisions. These decisions can alter you and the people around drastically in both positive and negative ways but are necessary to have a working "State." It's not only hard decisions but obligations you have to your state as a loyal citizen. Those obligations are there for a reason and must be followed even if they include death....   [tags: Papers] 442 words
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Ethical and Philosophical Questions about Value and Obligation - Ethical and Philosophical Questions about Value and Obligation I Recall the distinction between metaethics and normative ethics. Normative ethics deals with substantial ethical issues, such as, What is intrinsically good. What are our moral obligations. Metaethics deals with philosophical issues about ethics: What is value or moral obligation. Are there ethical facts. What sort of objectivity is possible in ethics. How can we have ethical knowledge. Recall, also, the fundamental dilemma of metaethics....   [tags: Metaethics Normative Ethics] 971 words
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Foreign Aid - Our Obligation to Help the Less Fortunate -        What is absolute poverty?  According to Robert McNamara it is "life at the very margin of existence" (Singer 219).  It is a life that, if not ended by early death, causes a kind of misery unseen to those living in the United States.  Compared to the estimated 1.2 billion people, worldwide living in poverty, those of us in developed countries experience a life of luxury.  The things that we take for granted, such as cars, computers, microwaves, and televisions, are extravagant items that most people living in extreme economic poverty will never see....   [tags: Foreign Aid Essays]
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Types of Utilitarianism - ... For him, the question of ‘ought’ or of ‘ought not’ in the multitude of situation makes the concept of moral obligation much more problematic. He thinks that non naturalistic writers in ethics have consistently tried not only to account for the concept of moral obligation, but also they defend and explain the fact of unconditional moral obligation. There are three important theories of this type: the first is from a source of obligation in the will of God; the second is from Immanuel Kant’s theory of deontology; the third is from the source of moral obligation in value and virtue ethics....   [tags: act and rule, obligation] 1196 words
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Humanity: Earth’s Infection - While Rachel Carson’s “The Obligation to Endure”, Christopher Kemp’s "Medieval Planet", and Jared Diamond’s “The Ends of the World as We Know Them” all cover subjects relating to environmental issues, each author goes about purveying his or her message in a different manner. Kemp’s New Scientist article explains humanity’s environmental effects by imagining a world in which we never existed and hypothesizing how it would look and function with our absence. Carson’s essay depicts a frightening reality about the current state of humanity and the environment....   [tags: Medieval Planet, Obligation to Endure]
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The Sound and the Fury: Noblesse Oblige - The Sound and the Fury: Noblesse Oblige William Faulkner wrote The Sound and the Fury with many underlying themes. The most prominent theme in my opinion is noblesse oblige. Faulkner expresses The Compson’s noblesse oblige as they respond to a tragedy that affects each character in a unique way. Catherine, Jason, Quentin, and even Benjy executes a “responsibility to protect” their daughter and sister Caddy throughout the entire novel, protecting the noblesse oblige held by this family. Noblesse oblige is defined as “the moral obligation of the rich or highborn to display honorable and generous conduct”....   [tags: William Faulkner, moral obligation, responsibility]
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The Sharing of Personal Data by Mobile Phone Companies - ... This directive says that each phone company in Europe, each Internet service company all over Europe, has to store a wide range of information about the users. Who calls whom. Who sends whom an email. Who sends whom a text message, and if you use your mobile phone, where you are. All this information is stored for at least six months, up to two years by your phone company or your Internet service provider.” Primary uses of the internet allowed users the ability to access data and communicate with other people without having to disclose substantial amounts of private information....   [tags: moral obligation to withhold private information] 915 words
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Summary of the debate between Thomas Pogge and Mathias Risse Regarding Our Obligation to the Global Poor - In the face of media campaigns and political sanctions, the question about whether we owe the global poor assistance and rectification is an appropriate one. Despite television advertisements displaying the condition of the poor and news articles explaining it, the reality is the majority of us, especially in the Western world, are far removed from the poverty that still affects a lot of lives. The debate between Thomas Pogge and Mathias Risse regarding our obligation to the poor questions the very institution we live in....   [tags: poverty, international relations] 2494 words
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Should People Living in more Affluent Countries Have the Moral Obligation to Provide for the Poor in Other Parts of the World - In this paper I will look at the argument made by Peter Singer in his paper, “Famine, Affluence and Morality” which advocates that those people living in more affluent countries have a moral obligation to provide assistance to the poor in other parts of the world. I will first outline the basic premise of Singer’s argument supporting this moral obligation and whether it is a sound argument. Secondly, I will look at an alternative view provided by Garrett Hardin in his paper, “Living on a Lifeboat”, which suggests that maintaining one’s own self-interest is more important and, in fact, necessary to prevent our own downfall....   [tags: analysing Peter Signer's argument]
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Our Obligation to Help the Homeless - The sun was already dipping behind the horizon, but the daylight still lingered in the sky. People watched with an unwavering gaze, as a fiery red orb of light slowly sank beneath the horizon, and threads of light pierced the sky, until all that was left of the sunset was darkness. Then, suddenly the clouds lingered together, becoming darker as time passed. Heavy rain flooded the streets. Fortunately, so many of us can be in the comfort of our homes avoiding getting drenched, but much more of us have to suffer with the agony of not having a real place to call their home....   [tags: social issues, poverty]
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Wealthy Nations Have A Moral Obligation to Educate Poor Nations - The most substantial and important ethical problem of the 21st century will be the correction of the vast and undeniable imbalance of the possession and consumption of the world’s material, economic, and cultural resources. In this paper, I will argue that the primary long-term moral obligation the world’s over-privileged have to the underprivileged is to provide those in need with the means necessary to develop a foundation for fair future interactions. This will lead to the idea that a necessary part of the long-term obligation to the underprivileged, in addition to the redistribution of economic and material resources, is the redistribution of ideas and knowledge through philanthropic ed...   [tags: Essays on Ethics] 3712 words
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The Moral Obligation of Businesses - Introduction: Individuals are not motivated to do as they wish to, within narrow boundaries of the community, which illustrates common collaboration. By stages, cooperation will improve into activities that rise towards sustaining that niche society’s wellbeing. People who care about others who are not able to take care of them self like, poor, old, weak, sick, as also know as moral imperatives (Brenan, pg 114). Even though, helping isn’t partial to the above-mentioned groups. Basically thinking regarding citizens, land, atmosphere and nature is known as cultivation....   [tags: environment, collaboration]
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Our Moral Obligation to Protect Animals - ... J. Thompson states: "that the abuse and purposeful harm done to animals at the hands of human beings is morally wrong not because of any intrinsic sense of rights that an animal possesses or because even the act of causing pain or killing is somehow intrinsically ethically wrong, but because of the effects that these practices have on the nature of our ethical sensibilities, of our own status as ethical agents". The following case study 'Beagles undergo pharmaceutical drug tests' reveals that the experiments that occur behind lab doors are not some exaggerated claims but are in fact happening right here and now....   [tags: abuse, experiments, drugs] 748 words
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Everyone Has an Obligation to Vote - Why should I vote. This is a simple question with a long history of debate. My vote doesn't make a difference anyway. I'm too busy. They're all crooks, why should I vote for one of them. There isn't a good choice. Nothing will change. The problem with these reasons is that they actually perpetuate the circumstances keeping would-be-voters away from the polls. Many arguments exist for both sides of the issue, however, I believe more reasons to vote exist than lame excuses. My vote is too insignificant to make a difference anyway....   [tags: Politics Political Essays] 1744 words
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Everyone Has the Right and Obligation to Vote in America - ... In this period African Americans were granted the right to vote only in selected states. In the 1800’s the voting rights were pushed to the limits, asking to allow men who did not own land or pay taxes to vote, along with immigrants who knew they would become citizens later in life. According to the writers for dosomething.org (2012), “In 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment prohibited states from denying the right to vote based on race or earlier condition of servitude, yet violence and fraud still kept many African-Americans from actually entering their ballots” (Pg.1)....   [tags: electoral, regulations, law] 850 words
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The Ethics of Belief by William Clifford: The Moral Obligation to Justify Your Beliefs - ... The only difference would be he would not have found out about his misdoings. His decision to convince himself that his ship would not fail him served two purposes: saving his enterprise money and easing his mind if anything were to happen to the people aboard his ship. In the second example, the unjustified accusations against, “individual citizens of the highest position and character” (Clifford), hurt their professional lives. The accusations were not only wrong, but the accusations could have been easily avoided, as the information pertaining to their innocence was easily acquirable....   [tags: decisions, system, community, ]
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The Necessary Obligations - Though the simplistic words reduce, recycle, and reuse, are a part of most American citizens’ vocabulary and the tasks themselves may seem even arbitrary to some, the obligation to reduce, recycle, and reuse is detrimental to the stability of our nation and the planet. For the majority that has heard of the waste hierarchy, reduce, recycle, and reuse, and know the basics of what it is, I doubt that many of us give a second thought to the catastrophic effects that are stealthily rendering our plant uninhabitable....   [tags: Conservation ]
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Our Obligations to Future Generations - “It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.” (Clifford 1877: 346) The notion of possible preventative actions from man-made catastrophes drives people to believe that we need to take obligations in creating a better life for future generations. Despite the high possibility of present-day people to prevent future people to experience any suffering, I shall argue that future generations—who have neither reciprocal interactions with this generation nor power to influence our well-being—do not own the rights upon obligation from present people....   [tags: Social Issues, Society, ]
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Ethical Obligations To Circus Animals - The morality of using animals for the purpose of human entertainment has long since been a divisive, polarising issue, and one to which there is no clearly defined solution. Debates on this issue commonly question the ethical responsibilities humans have to animals, and, subsequently, whether or not animals deserve to be afforded the same ethical treatment as humans. This is perhaps most evident in the extensive, subjective and widespread debate regarding the ethical acceptability of utilising circus animals for human entertainment....   [tags: morality, human entertaintment ]
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