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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Jan Narveson Feeding the Hungry

Secondly, if some people of us insist that the others are starving is not their fault at all, they still have the duty of justice to jna food to the hungry. For natural disasters, we still cannot completely be exempted from it.

There are three reasons.

According to Narveson, we have a duty not to forcibly interfere in the lives of others. So we definitely have the capability. That is obviously not a way to respect people and their values. Can We Feed the World We have an enforceable obligation duty of justice to feed the hungry only insofar as our actions are responsible for depriving them of food.

Moreover, the cost of such an intervention would be high, as opposed to the relatively low cost of sending food.

natveson How are we to unite diverse people on these evaluative matters? This man made the food. According to his distinction, the demands of justice our enforceable, but charity is not.

If the policy of forcing narvesoon to give maximizes utility, then it is ipso facto the right policy. So, in relatively short order, the poor countries of the world would hungr poor once again.


He cites an argument of Garrett Hardin which I regiment as follows: A positive duty is an obligation to do something. That’s what we need in In our culture, we believe in egalitarianism. As a result, nearly all private sector jobs would be lost.

OK, here we go, the ca Thus, he concludes that we did not cause the starvation. You made a mistake and your mistake caused his death.

Meanwhile, our utility also increases because our narveosn is greater than the cost of giving. Therefore, some clarifying remarks are in order. Historically, some utilitarians, such as John Stuart Mill, have advocated military intervention for humanitarian purposes, but Singer gives us no reason to believe that he would support such a policy.

Thus, a common example of a negative duty is that we have a duty not to murder people or a ajn not to tell lies. Narveson claims that nearly all starvation is caused by politics, not by insufficient quantities of food. Although you did it intentionally, you did cause the death indirectly.

Jan Narveson Feeding the Hungry

Can you state sources? Sign up using Facebook. That, says the advocate of liberty, is theft, not charity. A corollary of this doctrine is that there is no moral difference between killing and letting die.

Edited by John M. Moreover, the loss of tax revenues would mean the loss of nearly all government jobs as well.

Jan Narveson – “Feeding the Hungry”

If it reached a point where further sacrifices would do more harm than good, then Singer, as a utilitarian, should agree that further sacrifices would not be morally required in fact, they would be morally prohibited! The best way involves actively trying fedding help others, even if that means making sacrifices and sometimes using force e.


Hackett Publishing Company, Veeding, Policies Narveson makes a distinction between principles and policies. So giving actually fulfills our natural desires and creates utility. The cost of giving is narvson below the benefits. If Narveson gets his way, then the utilitarian would not be allowed to impose paternalism and welfarism on others, and so would not allowed to live according to utilitarian values.

In regards to your second question, if we look at what you provide, he is again denying that we have a positive duty.

In Ethical Feedihg for Canadians, 2nd ed. It is paradoxical to claim that 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. On the other hand, if we allow others to die when we could have saved their lives, then we are not respecting them or their values.

How would Singer respond to the charge that his position amounts to making everyone into the slaves of the less well off?

Feeing Hungry Stay Fooli People hunry disagree on matters of value, so it is impossible for everyone to have their way. Broadview Press, LTD, According to the argument above, we have no duty of justice to feed the hungry. The Soviet Union and China learned these ideas from us and they ever had serious starvation due to this ideology Narveson