QUESTIONS TO ADDRESS
BEFORE TACKLING THE QUESTION
Before turning to say a word or two in asnwer to the question itself, a number of folks in the class have raised the following preliminary questions and it may make sense to
address a few general concerns, if indeed you yourself find that you are thinking about one or another of them.
In the Case of "The
Envelope" I Am Asked To Save (Prevent)
Children from Dying. Surely World Hunger Affects Many People,
Old Alike: Why Are Children Being Singled Out for My Attention and
Concern? - See also Hugh LaFollette and Larry May, "Suffer the Little Children" in World Hunger and Morality
How Can My $100
Keep Thirty Children from Dying? Can You
It Down for Me?
Sometimes Said That Morality Itself is Rational, But
That Mean? For Instance, Henry Shue Says "Basic Rights" Are,
Things, "Rational Demands." Should I Worry About Whether My
That I Should Save the Child from Drowning is Rational or Not? And
About "Truth"? Are Moral Judgments True and Objective? And
They are Not? Won't All Hell Break Loose? Aren't We Free Then to
We Darn Well Please?
I Am Not Quite
Certain How My Moral Intuitions Are
Fit Into All This? Should I Trust My "Moral Intuitions" or Do I Have
to be Suspicious?
The Case of The
Envelope Suggests That If I Send $100 to
Thirty Less Children Will Die, But There May be Other Ways of
Children from Dying That Are Even More Effective Than Sending
UNICEF. Is This an Excuse or Reason Not to Give?
What is Peter Singer's
Argument Exactly? Consequences, Rights, and
How Does Singer Respond to the Concern that my Contribution of $100 is just a Drop in the Ocean Compared to the Amounts of Money Needed to Save All Those in the World from Starvation?
An explanation and elaboration of each of these concerns is
developed further in the STUDY GUIDE for the final question that is now posted on the
PHIL 1AWEB SITE at http://people.brandeis.edu/~teuber/philstudyguide.html . You can also click on
any of the items in the list above and you will jump to the relevant section of the Study Guide where
that particular question and concern is discussed.
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