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Peter Singer      

Australian Philosopher, Author & Father of the Animal Rights Movement

Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. After teaching in England, the United States and Australia, he has, since 1999, been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. In 2021 he was awarded the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture.

Singer first became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. In 2011 Time included Animal Liberation on its “All-TIME” list of the 100 best nonfiction books published in English since the magazine began, in 1923. Singer’s book The Life You Can Save, first published in 2009, led him to found a non-profit organization of the same name that has raised more than US$35 million for the most effective charities assisting people in extreme poverty.

Singer has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 50 books, and his writings have been translated into more than 30 languages. Some of his other well-known books are: Practical Ethics, The Expanding Circle, How Are We to Live?, Rethinking Life and Death, Pushing Time Away; Ethics in the Real World, and Why Vegan? He has recently edited a new edition of what may be the world’s earliest surviving novel, The Golden Ass, by Apuleius.

In 2012 Singer was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the nation’s highest civic honor. Since 2021, he has been a founding co-editor of the Journal of Controversial Ideas.

Speech Topics

Living Ethically

Life and Death Issues in Health Care

Life and Death: Beyond the Sanctity of Human Life

Climate Change: The Moral Challenge of Our Generation

Ethics and Animals: Extending Ethics Beyond the Species Boundary

Global Poverty: What Are Our Obligations?


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