Peter Singer

Philosopher, Author

1946 –

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Who is Peter Singer?

Peter Albert David Singer, AC is an Australian moral philosopher. He is currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, preference utilitarian perspective. He is known in particular for his book, Animal Liberation, a canonical text in animal rights/liberation theory.

On two occasions Singer served as chair of the philosophy department at Monash University, where he founded its Centre for Human Bioethics. In 1996 he stood unsuccessfully as a Greens candidate for the Australian Senate. In 2004 he was recognised as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies, and in June 2012 was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for his services to philosophy and bioethics. He serves on the Advisory Board of Incentives for Global Health, the NGO formed to develop the Health Impact Fund proposal. He was voted one of Australia's ten most influential public intellectuals in 2006. Singer currently serves on the advisory board of Academics Stand Against Poverty.

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Born
Jul 6, 1946
Melbourne
Also known as
  • Peter Albert David Singer
  • Prof. Peter Singer
  • Peter Albert David Singer AC
Siblings
Religion
  • Atheism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • Australia
Profession
Education
  • University of Melbourne
  • University College, Oxford
  • University of Oxford
  • Scotch College, Melbourne
Employment
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • New York University
  • Princeton University

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on July 23, 2013

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