Famine, Affluence, And Morality By Peter David Singer
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Peter Albert David Singer was born on the 6th of July 1946 in Melbourne Australia. Singer is an Australian moral philosopher. He is a utilitarianist that specializes in global issues and is an activist for animal rights. Best known for his book “Animal liberation” (1975) and his article “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” (1972) that is used in ethic classes all over the world. Peter Singer at this time is a Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne.
Peter Singers article “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” is an article that starts off talking about the famine in East Bengal India. Written from his view of moral responsibility people…show more content… “I begin with the assumption that suffering and death from lack of food, shelter, and medical care are bad”. I agree completely with Singer in his moral belief that people should help others who have less than they do. In this, he argues “the way people in relatively affluent countries react to a situation like that in Bengal cannot be justified. I think if people looked at moral issues differently instead from a position of seeing someone like them in their same state not helping in turn making them feel justified in not helping. Like Singer I believe that people disassociate themselves with situations like Bengal because they don 't know the people. For this reason, stinger gave the example of seeing a young child drowning in a small pool of water. Do you pull the child out of the water? Morally speaking, you should, there would be no excuse for inactivity. We as people are morally obligated to save this child, However, just like this child there are millions of others who need saving. I believe there is morally no difference in that young child, you see or the young child that you do not. With resources today like relief organization it has become easy to help others further