d. misguided to feed the hungry. According to Narveson, which will “add more to the sum of human happiness”: supporting Oxfam or going to the opera?. A positive duty is an obligation to do something. A negative duty is an obligation to refrain from doing something (link). Thus, a common. Start studying Jan Narveson Feeding The Hungry. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.

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If the policy of forcing people to give narvesom utility, then it is ipso facto the right policy. Meanwhile, our utility also increases because our benefit is greater than the cost of giving. The Libertarian could reply as follows. There are three reasons.

Sign up using Facebook. If it was not the result of my previous activities, then I have no obligation to him, and may help him out or not, as I choose. But, Singer would maintain that we are not at that point, or anywhere near it.

A negative duty is an obligation to refrain from jann something link. Eventually, hunggy will not be able to save the starving people because there efeding too many of them. In Ethical Issues-Perspectives for Canadians, 2nd ed. Email Required, but never shown. How would Singer respond to the argument? If we did exactly as Singer urges, then the world would be much worse off.

If everyone in the U. Moreover, the loss of tax revenues would mean the loss of nearly all government jobs as well. Or, as Narveson puts it: Moreover, since Canada always need immigrants to fill up shrinking population, the others may provide human resource in the future.


Jan Narveson: Feeding the Hungry

In Plato Complete Works. This reply is not a bad start, but it does leave something to be desired. We may help create the disasters.

This shows that we can start with the same principle and come to radically different conclusions about which policies to adopt.

Inthe UN recommended that developed countries devote at least 0. This man made the food. According to Narveson, we have thw duty not to forcibly interfere in the lives of others. Just about everyone would be unemployed and penniless. We emit much more greenhouse gases per capita than developing countries Singer That is obviously not a way to respect people and their values. We would need to know the long-term effects of feeding the hungry versus the long-term effects of continuing to buy luxuries.

How should Narveson reply to this objection? It is paradoxical to claim nargeson we are obligated to maximize utility, but at the same time we are all obligated to do something that would greatly diminish utility were we all to do it. It is the right time because first of all they need food to survive, and we actually are able to supply.

Jan Narveson: Feeding the Hungry

If they are fed, they receive utility instantly. The one-time cash infusion from the U. Broadview Press, LTD, Moreover, the cost of such an intervention would be high, as opposed to the relatively low cost of sending food. In regards to your first question, based on what you are saying, he hunrgy denying that we have a positive duty to help the needy.

Can you state sources? Secondly, even if some of us a. Hardin argues that feeding the hungry today would create more starving people tomorrow which we are not capable to feed. Rousseau believes that human beings are naturally capable feeeding mutual love and cooperation Sigurdson Chen 5 Works Cited Myrden, Judy. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.


Evidence shows that population can be controlled by government policy. Neither refers to what we are prohibited from doing. Even the utilitarian is harveson quite a bit of freedom to maximize utility when Libertarianism is in force. Then he ate it and died. Recall that hungr do not make a moral distinction between acting to bring about a result and failing to prevent it.

Narveson, unlike Singer, thinks that our voluntary choices about giving are morally permissible, whether we choose to give or not. A Libertarian would probably be inclined to deny premise 3. It would be awkward for Singer to concede that if we all did our moral duty, then the world would be much worse off. Yale University Press, Singer, Peter. feeing

Jan Narveson Feeding the Hungry

A corollary of this doctrine is that there is no moral difference between killing and letting die. While giving food to the hungry, we are feeling happy due to our human nature.

Thus, for Narveson, it is very important to narfeson whether feeding the hungry is a matter of justice, or merely a matter of charity. In Economic Development, 9th ed.

Principles are general theoretical claims e.