Who is right or wrong? Who is right or wrong? Phi 208 Ethics and Moral Reasoning Ashford University Instructor Victor Reppert 5/4/2013 Phi 208 Ethics and Moral Reasoning Ashford University Instructor Victor Reppert 5/4/2013 Heather Foultz Discussion on Peter Singer Famine Affluence, and Morality. Over the argument in this work and the goals in his article. Heather Foultz Discussion on Peter Singer Famine Affluence, and Morality. Over the argument in this work and the goals in his article.
Who is right or wrong p. g. 1 There are many things to Singer’s is trying to say in his article famine, affluence, and Morality, but it all comes down to the fact in what you believe is right and wrong and what is good and evil in one person life. Are you the type of person that who only helps friends and family or are you the type of person that would go out of your way to help any one that needs help?
What Singer was trying to do was to get people to understand that there are people suffering out in the world do to the lack of food, shelter, and medical care that people need and do not get because of the lack of help from the government or the people around them that could help and do not. He states in is article that the decision and actions of human beings can prevent this kind of suffering (singer 1972). By working together and understanding what the needs are of others and how we can help those people in need. People ould get more involved not just to give money but to help others with things like food and shelter but by giving some of your time. Singer argues that the fact that a person is physically near to use so that we have personal contact with them, may make it more likely that we shall assist him, but this does not show that we” aught” to help him rather than others who happen to be further away. It is possible that we are better position to judge what needs to be done to help a person near to use than one fare away, and perhaps also to provide the assistance we judge to be necessary. Singer 1972) Many people will not give money to help others out who need the help because they them self are at that point of need help or they are rich and do not care that there are others out there that need help. Take the government for example they have the power to help people that are in need of help with food, shelter and medical care but they choose to use the money at they Who is right or wrong p. g. 2 could be helping people with for things that we do not really need.
The government should be using the money for more programs or for housing those who need it. The argument to this is the fact that a not ever one care about other people and what is happening to them in their lives. People are more focus on the things that are happening to them in their lives and what to make sure that they are taking care of the things that the need and want and not want others need and want. Even the government it can be said that they think they are doing what is right for the people of this country at the time but do they really know what is right for each person and what each person really needs.
My needs might be different from the needs of a homeless person who is living on the streets in a cardboard box. The government is look at the problem as a whole not as each person point of view. Singer was big on morally stating that everyone morally is different. What I think is right my not may not be and what I think is right my not be, it is also the way that one my make a moral judgment, and the way people do in fact judge. It only in its qualified: if it is in our power to prevent something very bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing, we ought, morally to do it. Singer 1972) The argument that Singer had for this was that our traditional moral categories are upset that the traditional distinction between duty and charity cannot be draw, or at least, not in the place we normally draw it. Who is right or wrong p. g. 3 So what is the different between the duty and charity? Charity is when you are willing to give money for a good reason like to help stop hungry or to help people that have cancer, to help fight the war on aids.
We donate money to this kinds of places to help with the research that they do or to make some ones dream come to like the make a wish foundation dose for thought how are sick. The imperative of duty, tell us what we must do, as distinct from what it would be good to do but not wrong not to do, function so as to live together in society. The emphasized that is put here is that what we should require from other and not to what we ourselves ought to do. Singer makes some good points of how we as people do not do everything that we can to help out others that do not have as much in life as others might have.
That we would be more willing to help out those people that we know more than people that we do not know. But the problem still remains that there are people in this world that still need help and even though they do get some help that is never going to be a nuff the more people that our born in to this world the more mouth there are to feed, homes that are need, and more medical that is need to make sure that they are fine and without the help from government programs and the help that other people can give there will be more people on the streets and without the food they need to feed their families and no doctors that they can see.
We as human beings need to come together and work to stop what is happen to you or your family or even friends by help out were we can with money or just are time to help at homeless shelters, food pantry’s, or just by giving the things we don’t need to someone who might need them more than we do.
Singer Who is right or wrong p. g. 4 was right when he said that there are people suffering out in the world and that is true todays as it was in 1972 and the year before and after that. Resources Ashford library Jstor database Singer, Peter (1972) Famine, Affluence, and Morality Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1(3) 229-243