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Peter Singer

Peter Singer, an Australian philosopher and professor at Princeton University asks his students the simple question of whether they would save a drowning child from a pond, while wearing they’re bran new pair of expensive shoes. The response was aggressive and passive “How could anyone consider a pair of shoes, or missing an hour or two at work, a good reason for not saving a child’s life?” ¹ Singer continued to argue that “ according to UNICEF, nearly 10 million children under five years old die...

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My Outlook on Peter Singer

My Outlook on Peter Singer’s Article: “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” Amanda Ponshock PHI 208 Ethics and Moral Reasoning Instructor: Rachel Howell August 05, 2013 In his Peter Singer’s article, “Famine, Affluence and Morality”, he speaks of how he looks at ways one might think about charity and famine relief. Not everyone has accepted his general idea of how a person should act in these situations. I myself only agree with his views at a certain level. I believe that everyone should help...

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Famine, Affluence, and Morality by Peter Singer

Famine, Affluence, and Morality by Peter Singer The Elements of Reason #8 1. Use two or three sentences to state the main purpose or argument in this article. In other words, what is the argument the author is making? (This should be a specific argument. We all know that the authors are writing about morality and ethics.) The main purpose or argument in this article is that Peter Singer believes that richer nations should give assistance to other nations...

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Singer vs Regan

Environmental Ethics: Singer vs Regan Environmental ethics is defined: as a part of philosophy which considers extending the traditional boundaries of ethics from solely including humans to including the nonhuman world (Wikipedia). For example, this includes the preservation of plants and an increase of animal rights. Peter Singer and Tom Regan both argue that animals need a greater voice than their own in the debate of ethical treatment. Despite their very different philosophical views, Singer and Regan want...

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Peter Singer’s Solution to World Poverty

Peter Singer’s Solution to world poverty How can we help people in need, and become better human beings? How can it be that we have money for new cars, houses and vacations, but when UNICEF or some other kind of healthcare organization ask us for just 2 dollars, we turn them down right away? In the article “Solution to world poverty” Peter Singer gives some of his suggestions on how to help others, and become better persons. Singer tells a story about a man named Bob. Bob just bought himself...

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The Singer Solution to World Poverty Response

In his essay, “The Singer Solution to World Poverty”, the author Peter Singer wrote a few hypothetical examples to prove his moral judgments, in which he tried to persuade the readers to give away all the money one spends on luxuries via the example of Bob, a man who spared the innocent kids life trying to save his valuable Bugatti. However, the example of Bob failed to convince me as a good analogy for other people. First of all, Singer ignored one of the most considerable element in Bob’s scenario...

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Critical Analysis of Peter Singer's Famine Affluence and Morality

CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF PETER SINGER’S “FAMINE, AFFLUENCE AND MORALITY” In his article “Famine, Affluence and Morality” Peter Singer gives a seemingly devastating critique of our ordinary ways of thinking about famine relief, charity, and morality in general. In spite of that very few people have accepted, or at any rate acted on, the conclusions he reaches. In light of these facts one might say of Singer’s arguments, as Hume said of Berkeley’s arguments for immaterialism, that “… they admit of no...

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The Singer Solution to World Poverty

In the New York Times Article “ the Singer Solution to World Poverty” the author Peter Singer argues that there is no reason why Americans don’t donate money to the needy when they can afford countless of luxury that are not essential to the preservation of their lives and health. Singer pursue the audience with two different situations trying to motivate the reader to donate money instantly. The fist situation comes from a Brazilian film, Central Station in which a woman called Dora, a retired...

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Peter Singer

Singer, Peter (1946- ), Australian philosopher and bioethicist. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Singer studied at the University of Melbourne and at the University of Oxford, in England. He began his career lecturing ethics at Oxford from 1971 to 1973. He subsequently worked at various universities in North America and Australia. In 1977 he became a professor of philosophy at Monash University, in Melbourne. Singer also became closely associated with the university's Centre for Human Bioethics, which...

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things we take for granted and would hardly notice if they were not there. Is that so wrong? (Singer, 12). There are countless debates on this predicament. In this essay I will explain some of them. I will first describe the utilitarianism view by Singer, and the deontology view by Kant, after that I will apply what both of them have to say to the drowning child situation, and conclude on my view. Peter Singer is a utilitarian. Utilitarianism in philosophy is a doctrine that the morally correct course...

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