Singer Individualism And Pragmatics

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Responding to Singer: On Individualism and Pragmatics
Michael Anderson Soh Sheng Rong
Matriculation number: U1731581B
22 September 2017
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This paper is written as a response to Singer’s “Famine, Affluence and Morality”. Singer poses what he deems a moral obligation to mankind. That is, we are not just responsible for our personal good and are instead obligated to intervene to rescue others from suffering if we possess the capability to do so. His argument enforces a criterion of forced action that demands the individual takes action, putting forth the claim that apathy when we have the ability to resolve others of misery is immoral. In the first segment of the paper, I attempt to offer a comprehensive explanation of Singer’s view,
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Following the presentation of my objection, I will pose a plausible reply that Singer might have towards my objection: that the universality of morality transcends egotistical considerations. I will then end the paper with an assessment of the arguments presented and offer a conclusion on which view offers a more convincing perspective.
What is the gist of Singer’s proposition? Singer looks at suffering from a utilitarian perspective. Suffering, the lack of food, accessible healthcare and other basal essentials are bad. If we possess resources or the ability to alleviate suffering or promote in a manner that results in no comparable harm or damage to wellbeing from occurring, then we are morally obliged to undertake the said action for the prevention or alleviation of the aforementioned suffering. In his paper Singer cites an example of a child drowning in a pond. If you come across a child drowning
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The only way to ensure the best possible outcome for the sum total of human beings is for the enhancement of welfare across the population as a whole. In order to achieve the optimal state of welfare enhancement, considerations for personal relationships should not outweigh considerations for the good of mankind as a whole. Singer might also suggest that having every individual to abide by their moral obligation to prevent bad and promote good also provides a stronger guarantee for welfare increment than merely creating an environment that is conducive to promoting the good (the establishment of relationships). On moral acts as an unenticing task for the individual, Singer might state that the appeal of a task does not dictate its necessity. Just because a task set before you seems unappealing does not render it fruitless. If adopted by the population in general, the benefits reaped in its entirety outweighs the sacrifice given to attain it. Therefore the fulfilment of our moral obligations, however arduous, should be a priority for us as

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