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Famine, Affluence, and Morality

I was persuaded to read Peter Singer’s essay on rationing health care by a friend’s comments, and it reminded me of a long held view that might be worth sharing. Namely, when reading Singer’s article, Famine, Affluence, and Morality, ignore the utilitarianism. Of course parts of the argument do rely on a utilitarian point of view–that I won’t deny. To understand the article as the author wrote it, you must attend to the utilitarianism. But to gain from reading the article, read it from a perspective of common sense morality (or your variant therof), and contemplate your response.