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01 Aug 2012 World Hunger Someone knocks at your door. When you open the door you see a child, he seems small and malnourished. The child says that he has not eaten for two days. You are a little skeptical of the situation and ask where his parents are and he says, that they are homeless and that are living in a field nearby. As for you, you have just enough food to make it to your next payday yourself. You know that you could survive skipping a meal during the week to give up the child, surely the child is still alive after not eating for two days. A thought enters your mind, why should I give up my food or resources to this child. It’s not your fault that he has not eaten and why should you make yourself uncomfortable by giving up a meal. You send the child on his way. Garrett Hardin an ecologist and author wrote, “Lifeboat Ethics: the Case Against Helping the Poor” for Psychology Today (1974 Sept).Hardin would have also undoubtedly sent the child on his way. Hardin would argue that it not your fault and that you would not be helping the child by giving your recourses or food to help him. On the other hand an Australian philosopher and author Peter Singer wrote, “The Singer Solution to World Poverty” for The New Times Magazine, (1999 Sept) would have certainly given up the food and more to help the child and his family. Different as it may seem both Hardin and Singer are using the same philosophy just from opposite view points. Utilitarianism is defined as promoting the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. Both, Hardin and Singer use this philosophy in their articles that were written addressing the common concern of helping feed the worlds poor and hungry. The solutions that are presented in both articles are on opposite ends of the…...

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