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"Famine, Affluence, and Morality"
Transcript of "Famine, Affluence, and Morality"
Do we have an ethical duty to give some disposable income to prevent the otherwise unnecessary death of others?
"Suffering and death from lack of food, shelter, and medical care are bad"
"If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable importance, then we ought, morally, to do it"
"It makes no moral difference whether the person I can help is a neighbor's child ten yards from me or a Bengali whose name I shall never know, ten thousand miles away"
"The principle makes no distinction between cases in which I am the only person who could possibly do anything and cases in which I am just one among millions in the same situation"