Peter Singer

Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University Center for Human Values

Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Oxford, La Trobe University and Monash University. Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. From 2005, he has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

Singer first became well known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. He has written, co-authored, edited, or co-edited more than 40 other books, including Practical Ethics, The Expanding Circle, How Are We to Live?, Rethinking Life and Death, The Ethics of What We Eat (with Jim Mason), and most recently The Life You Can Save. His works have appeared in more than 20 languages.

Singer is also the author of the major article on ethics in the current edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. In 2005, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and readers of Prospect and Foreign Policy voted him one of the 100 leading public intellectuals in the world in 2008.

Focus: Development, Environment, Ethics, Human Rights, Poverty, Australia, United States, Americas, Asia, Global


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Last Updated: Sep 21, 2011

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