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Philosophy: Response to Article

Based on the current knowledge about the philosophy of morality, moral behavior constitutes what a person, community or a culture perceives and believes to be good conduct and or within the social limits. This significantly indicates that morality is not necessarily a uniform code. However, there are instances where moral conduct is closely tied to the natural laws of humanity. This paper seeks to understand better the philosophical context in Peter Singer’s article ‘famine, affluence and morality” The paper will pose several questions that arise from the article as understood.

From the first paragraph to the last, Singer is in support of the idea that humanity and the natural law demands that one in affluence, whichever level must be obliged to assist those in problems in as far as this help does not leave the helper in need of help as well. However, one question that arises is how far the obligation must go. Although Singer counts helping the poor and the suffering as a responsibility of the rest of the people rather than their charity, it is unclear the distinction given that the circumstances that lead to poverty and needy situations significantly vary. Is it necessary therefore to generalize all instances of poverty and puts it upon the rest of the society, the moral obligation to help? Further, does it not create in some people the tendency to be overdependence knowing that the rest of the world is there to their rescue?

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