Peter Singer 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” (Singer, 2...
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...a State University which has a 51% acceptance rate and is offering her the in-state tuition of $17,000. The family is left with a difficult decision, either their daughter can go to Princeton University and receive an education that is world renowned, or she can be one of 97 thousand students attending the state college in Pennsylvania. The complication becomes their ability to donate money to charities. Spending $45,000 on their daughters education is well worth it to them but also means there won’t be any money left from their combined incomes to donate to those in need.
Considering the utilitarian outlook that Singer has on the world, he would argue, and I would agree that this daughter should go to the State College. A utilitarian view argues that we should all make an effort to ultimately maximize everyone’s enjoyment while also minimizing the worlds suffering.
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