Ethics – Week 4 Discussion

Use this space to discuss the material for the week. Attached are two documents.

– Peter Singer is a modern utilitarian who argues, in the essay we’ve read, that charity (i.e., helping others in need) is a moral obligation, and that it is wrong to live a

life of excess when others are suffering

– Bernard Williams is concerned that utilitarianism’s necessary invocation of the doctrine of negative responsibility means that it cannot respect the personal beliefs and goals of individuals.

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