Peter Singer

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Singer in 2012

Peter Albert David Singer AC (born 6 July 1946) is an Australian moral philosopher. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He is also laureate professor of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. In the area of applied ethics, he talks about ethical issues from a secular, utilitarian perspective.

Singer is well-known for his book Animal Liberation (1975). The book argues in favour of veganism. His essay "Famine, Affluence, and Morality" argues in favour of donating to help the global poor. He has twice served as chair of the philosophy department at Monash University. In 1996, he ran as a Greens candidate for the Australian Senate. In 2004, he was named as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies.

Singer was born in Melbourne, Victoria. His parents were Austrian Jews. They moved to Australia from Vienna in 1938–39, after Austria's annexation by Nazi Germany.[1] Singer is an atheist.

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  1. Dudding, Adam (16 February 2020). "Peter Singer: You've got to give till it (almost) hurts". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 31 March 2020.

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