“Philosophy Changing Lives” with guest Peter Singer

Originally recorded: October 11, 2017
Originally broadcast: November 12, 2017


Peter Singer has made a career out of making controversial claims. From calling for animal liberation to justifying euthanasia, he has been remarkably consistent in his attempts to minimize suffering. Now, he is talking about charity and global responsibility. The results are just as compelling.

In this episode, Why? Radio talks with Peter about the moral demand to minimize harm and the expectations that ethics can make all of us better of. Listen as we engage in a wide-ranging discussion about the relationships between ethical theory and practice, utilitarianism, whether animals have rights, and Peter’s own non-profit.

Peter Singer is one of the most well-known philosophers today. He is known for his stalwart public voice and his clear moral conclusions. He is the author of many books, from accessible accounts of the philosophers Marx and Hegel, to Animal Liberation, that some people read as manifestos. His book The Most Good You Can Do tells the story of effective altruism.

Peter is both the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and a Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is also co-founder of the non-profit organization, The Life You can Save.

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