Peter Singer

Previous Updates
March 21, 2007
Should We Trust Our Moral Intuitions? Project Syndicate, March, 2007.
March 15, 2007
America the Hypocritical. Project Syndicate, February, 2007.
Learning from Henry Spira. (with Arlene Klotzko) Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 1999.
The Ethics and Economics of Heroic Surgery. (with Peter Ratiu) The Hastings Center Report, March-April, 2001.
Reconciling Impartial Morality and a Feminist Ethic of Care. (with H. Kuhse & M. Rickard) The Journal of Value Inquiry, December, 1998.
February 16, 2007
January 26, 2007
A Convenient Truth. The New York Times, January 26, 2007.
January 20, 2007
Ethics and Intuitions. The Journal of Ethics, October, 2005.
January 19, 2007
The Right to Die. Project Syndicate, January, 2007.
January 6, 2007
Early Births Fade to Grey. The Australian, January 3, 2007.
December 24, 2006
Questions for Peter Singer. The New York Times Magazine, December 24, 2006.
December 20, 2006
Singer Calls Kass Out at Princeton. Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, December 16, 2006.
Pigs, Calves, and American Democracy. Project Syndicate, December, 2006.
Madonna and Child. Project Syndicate, November, 2006.
December 19, 2006
What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You? The New York Times Magazine, December 17, 2006.
December 8, 2006
Singer Statement Draws Groups' Ire. By Sarah Dajani. The Daily Princetonian, December 8, 2006.
Food, Ethics & the Environment. Princeton University, November 16, 2006.
December 3, 2006
Setting Limits on Animal Testing. The Sunday Times, December 3, 2006.
Monkey business. By Greg Neale. The Independent, December 3, 2006.
November 26, 2006
Q&A with Peter Singer. Interview with Kathleen McGinn. U.S. 1, November, 2006.
November 24, 2006
Abortion and Infanticide: A Critique of Peter Singer's Views. Debate with Don Marquis. Princeton University, March 29, 2006.
November 15, 2006
Food, Ethics & the Environment, conference at Princeton University (November 16-7, 2006). "The conference will explore the broad and compelling issues and ethical dilemmas surrounding food production in the United States and the choices individuals make regarding the food they eat."
November 7, 2006
November 1, 2006
Singer Says. Interview with Catherine Clyne. Satya, October 6, 2006.
October 30, 2006
Peter Singer in the Spotlight. Interview with Mark Franklin. Australian Jewish News, October 30, 2006.
October 29, 2006
Homosexuality is Not Immoral. Project Syndicate, October, 2006.
The Mixed Blessing of Genetic Choice. Project Syndicate, September, 2006.
Will the Polluters Pay for Climate Change? Project Syndicate, August, 2006.
The Great Ape Debate. Project Syndicate, May, 2006.
Why Pay More for Fairness? Project Syndicate, April, 2006.
Devaluing Life. Project Syndicate, January, 2006.
October 25, 2006
Food choices explored at conference, News@Princeton, October 25, 2006.
September 19, 2006
On Life and Death. Debate with Janet Radcliffe Richards, Kenan Malik & Andrew Linzey. BBC, September 5, 2006.
September 11, 2006
Peter Singer: You Ask the Questions. Discussion with readers. The Independent, September 11, 2006.
July 16, 2006
Happiness, Money and Giving it Away. Project Syndicate, July, 2006.
July 11, 2006
Review of The Way We Eat. By Rodgers Johannah. The Brooklyn Rail.
June 22, 2006
The Ethics of Eating. Project Syndicate, June, 2006.
April 26, 2006
New Singer book! Co-written with Jim Mason, The Way We Eat : Why Our Food Choices Matter "document[s] corporate deception, widespread waste and desensitization to inhumane practices in this consideration of ethical eating."
March 26, 2006
Ethicist Singer Says America Lacking in Global Ethics. By Tim Krohn. The Free Press, March 23, 2006.
March 23, 2006
Animal-Rights Activist Peter Singer Explains His Views. Interview with JP Leider. The Minnesota Daily, March 23, 2006.
March 22, 2006
Factory Farming: A moral Issue. The Minnesota Daily, March 22, 2006.
March 5, 2006
Free Speech, Muhammad, and the Holocaust. Project Syndicate, March, 2006.
Rights and Wrongs. By Erika Check. Nature, September 1, 2005.
February 6, 2006
Godless Morality. (with Marc Hauser) Project Syndicate, January, 2006.
February 5, 2006
Moral Maze. By Stuart Jeffries. The Observer, July 23, 2005.
Fear and Freedom on the Internet. Project Syndicate, February, 2006.
December 26, 2005
Duties to the Distant. By Dale Jamieson. The Journal of Ethics, March, 2005.
December 23, 2005
The Revolutionary Ethics of Embryo Research. Project Syndicate, December, 2006.
December 3, 2005
Review of A Darwinian Left. By Peter C. Grosvenor. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.
November 18, 2005
Who Pays for Bird Flu? Project Syndicate, November, 2005.
November 9, 2005
Singer, Scruton Debate Ethics of Eating Animals. By Susie Kim. Daily Princetonian, November 10, 2005.
November 8, 2005
Decisions about Death. Free Inquiry, August/September, 2005.
Ethics and Disability. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 2005.
October 17, 2005
Singer will be chatting with Universist Movement visitors on Sunday October 30 at 9PM Eastern Time (Monday October 31 2AM GMT).
October 7, 2005
On Jealousy. Interview with The Daily Princetonian. The Daily Princetonian, October 6, 2005.
September 30, 2005
Foreign Policy and Prospect magazine are conducting a poll on the "world's top public intellectuals". Peter Singer is among the nominees (other important figures include Noam Chomsky, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Naomi Klein, Lawrence Lessig and Martha Nussbaum). To vote, click here. You can also nominate candidates not included in the list.
September 22, 2005
The Forgotten Animal Issue. Excerpted from Ethics into Action. Oxford, 1998.
More Than Charity: Cosmopolitan Alternatives to the "Singer Solution". By Andrew Kuper. Ethics & International Affairs, Spring 2002.
Facts, Theories, and Hard Choices: Reply to Peter Singer. By Andrew Kuper. Ethics & International Affairs, Spring 2002.
Achieving the Best Outcome: Final Rejoinder. Ethics & International Affairs, Spring 2002.
September 14, 2005
Un-American about Animals. The Boston Globe, August 20, 2005.
September 13, 2005
The Sanctity of Life. Foreign Policy, September/October 2005.
July 29, 2005
Lunch with the FT: Meaty Arguments. Interview with Krishna Guha. Financial Times, July 29, 2005.
July 26, 2005
In Defense Of Animals: The Second Wave, a fully updated version of the 1986 original, has just been released in the UK, and will soon has now hit American bookstores [Amazon commission will be donated to Oxfam]. The table of contents and a brief description follows:
Preface Peter Singer
Part One: The Ideas
1 Utilitarianism and Animals
Gaverick Matheny
2 The Scientific Basis for Assessing Suffering in Animals
Marian Stamp Dawkins
3 The Animal Debate: A Re-Examination
Paola Cavalieri
4 On the Question of Personhood Beyond Homo sapiens
David DeGrazia
5 Religion and Animals
Paul Waldau
Part Two: The Problems
6 Speciesism in the Laboratory
Richard Ryder
7 Brave New Farm?
Jim Mason and Mary Finelli
8 Outlawed in Europe
Clare Druce and Philip Lymbery
9 Against Zoos
Dale Jamieson
10 To Eat the Laughing Animal
Dale Peterson
Part Three: Activists and Their Strategies
11 How Austria Achieved a Historic Breakthrough for Animals
Martin Balluch
12 Butcher Knives into Pruning Hooks: Doing Civil Disobedience for Animals
Pelle Strindlund
13 Opening Cages, Opening Eyes: An Investigation and Open Rescue at an Egg Factory Farm
Miyun Park
14 Living and Working in Defense of Animals
Matt Ball
15 Effective Advocacy: Stealing From the Corporate Playbook
Bruce Friedrich
16 Moving the Media: From Foe, or Indifferent Stranger, to Friend
Karen Dawn
17 The CEO as Animal Activist: John Mackey and Whole Foods
John Mackey, Karen Dawn and Lauren Ornelas
18 Ten Points for Activists
Henry Spira and Peter Singer
A Final Word
Peter Singer
Further Reading, Useful Organizations

Bringing together new essays by philosophers and activists, In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave highlights the new challenges facing the animal rights movement.

Exciting new collection edited by controversial philosopher Peter Singer, who made animal rights into an international concern when he first published In Defence of Animals and Animal Liberation over thirty years ago

Essays explore new ways of measuring animal suffering, reassess the question of personhood, and draw highlight tales of effective advocacy

Lays out “Ten Tips for Activists”, taking the reader beyond ethical theory and into the day-to-day campaigns for animal rights

On the Animal Rights Movement. Interview with Andrew Marr. Start the Week, July 4, 2005.
Eating Ethically. Free Inquiry, June-July, 2005.
Law Reform, or DIY Suicide. Free Inquiry, February-March, 2005.
Taking Humanism Beyond Speciesism. Free Inquiry, October-November, 2004.
The Pope Moves Backward on Terminal Care. Free Inquiry, August-September, 2004.
The Harm That Religion Does. Free Inquiry, June-July, 2004.
An Ethic of Responsibility. Free Inquiry, February-March, 2004.
The Ethics of Belief. Free Inquiry, Spring, 2003.
July 21, 2005
Peter Singer at UCLA Critiques President Bush's Ethics. By Leslie Evans. UCLA, March 16, 2004.
July 19, 2005
Review of Reason and Violence. Edited by Sherman M. Stanage. Mind, October, 1976.
Review of Reason over Passion. By Evan Simpson. Ethics, July, 1980.
Review of Stages. By Nathaniel Lande & Afton Slade. Ethics, October, 1980.
Review of Violence for Equality. By Ted Honderich. The Philosophical Quarterly, July, 1981.
Review of Animals in Research. Edited by D. Sperlinger. The Quarterly Review of Biology, December, 1982.
Review of The Tangled Wing. By Melvin Konner. The Quarterly Review of Biology, January, 1983.
Review of Triage and Justice. By Gerald R. Winslow. Ethics, October, 1983.
Review of Ethics and Animals. Edited by Harley B. Miller & William H. Williams. The Quarterly Review of Biology, March, 1984.
Review of The Case for Animal Rights. By Tom Regan. The Quarterly Review of Biology, September, 1984.
Review of Encyclopedia of Ethics. By Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker. Ethics, July, 1993.
Review of Essays on Henry Sidgwick. Edited by Bart Schultz. Ethics, April, 1994.
Review of Living High and Letting Die. By Peter Unger. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, March, 1999.
July 17, 2005
Deathbed Disputation. Canadian Medical Association Journal, April 16, 2002.
July 10, 2005
Who Cares about Cost? (with Erik Nord, Jeff Richardson, Andrew Street & Helga Kuhse) Health Policy, 1995.
July 2, 2005
Global Poverty and International Aid. Interview with Ken Taylor & John Perry. Philosophy Talk, June 21, 2005.
June 29, 2005
Review of The President of Good and Evil. By Erik Marcus.
June 26, 2005
Science, Religion and Stem Cells. The New York Times, June 23, 2005.
June 22, 2005
Revised version of Singer: A Dangerous Mind. Unofficial transcript of the video documentary [transcribed by Steven Barney]. Serendipity Productions, 2003.
June 15, 2005
Adventures of the White Coat People. The New York Times, March 28, 2004.
June 12, 2005
Bush's Meandering Moral Compass. Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2004.
When Slaughter Makes Sense. (with Karen Dawn) Newsday, February 8, 2004.
There Should Be No Room for Cruelty to Livestock. (with Karen Dawn) Los Angeles Times, June 8, 2003.
The Ties That Bind. Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2003.
How Many Lives Is This War Worth? Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2003.
Moral Maze. Mail on Sunday, February 11, 2001.
Animal Rights: The Right to Protest. The Independent, January 21, 2001.
Sense and Sentience. The Guardian, August 21, 1999.
Rights for Chimps. The Guardian, July 29, 1999.
June 8, 2005
A Buoyant Market for Ethics. Financial Times, March 12, 2001.
June 6, 2005
Unresolved Problem. Debate with Bill O'Reilly [transcript]. Fox News, April 29, 2005.
May 26, 2005
Is Act-Utilitarianism Self-Defeating? The Philosophical Review, January, 1972.
Altruism and Commerce: A Defense of Titmuss against Arrow. Philosophy & Public Affairs, Spring, 1973.
Why Nozick is not So Easy to Refute. The Western Political Quarterly, June, 1976.
Utilitarianism and Vegetarianism. Philosophy & Public Affairs, Summer, 1980.
Ethics and Sociobiology. Philosophy & Public Affairs, Winter, 1982.
IVF Technology and the Argument from Potential. (with Karen Dawson) Philosophy & Public Affairs, Spring, 1988.
A Refutation of Ordinary Morality. Ethics, April, 1991.
May 25, 2005
The Moral of the Story. Reviewed by Leslie Cannold. On Line Opinion, May 25, 2005.
May 20, 2005
Echoes of Abu Ghraib in Chicken Slaughterhouse. (with Karen Dawn) Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2004.
May 19, 2005
Singer: A Dangerous Mind. Unofficial transcript of the video documentary [transcribed by Steven Barney]. Serendipity Productions, 2003.
May 14, 2005
The Moral of the Story. Reviewed by James Ley. The Age.
May 13, 2005
The Expanding Circle. Reviewed by Don Browning. Human Nature and History.
May 12, 2005
Distance, Divided Responsibility and Universalizability. By Karen Green. The Monist, July 1, 2003.
May 11, 2005
On the Bush Presidency. Interview with Erik Marcus. Erik's Diner, October 13, 2004.
May 10, 2005
12 Great Thinkers of Our Time. By Neil Clark. New Statesman, July 14, 2003.
May 4, 2005
Today's Daily Princetonian includes an article with comments by Singer on the new ethical guidelines for U.S. human stem cell research issued by the National Academy of Sciences:
Professor of human values Peter Singer noted the significance of the guidelines.
He said that the guidelines, along with $3 billion recently allocated to stem cell research in California, may help close the gap in stem cell research between the United States and other countries.
"This country has had particularly huge issues in grappling with stem cell research," Singer said. "I would take Britain as a model. Britain is not afraid to fund research under certain approved conditions. That seems to be better."
Singer said he questions the recommendation to ban paying for egg donors, however.
"I think it's a little odd that you can pay egg donors for one thing and not another," Singer said. "You would think that donating for scientific research would invoke less complex emotions for a woman than donating to create a child."
April 17, 2005
A Philosophical Conversation with Peter Singer. Interview with Henrik Ahlenius. Filosofisk tidskrift, 1997.
April 13, 2005
Deep Ideas about Life. By Arthur Caplan. Time, April 18, 2005.
April 12, 2005
Steve Barney, from Oshkosh, WI, writes: "The overwhelming newfound national interest (i.e., obsession) in the ethics of euthanasia in the US, thanks to both the Terri Schiavo case and the recent report on the Groningin Protocol, makes this an extremely opportune time to encourage your local PBS TV station to broadcast this outstanding documentary, with an email and a follow-up phone call."
Biodiversity. Interview with Terry Lane. ABC, May 13, 2001.
On Iraq, Afghanistan, Foreign Aid, and More. Excerpted from The President of Good and Evil, New York, 2004.
April 11, 2005
Peter Singer is one of the 16 "Scientists and Thinkers" in Time magazine's annual "Top 100" list, along with Jeffrey Sachs, Larry Summers and Richard Pound.
March 23, 2005
Today's Chicago Tribune features an article by Patrick Kampert which includes some brief comments by Singer on the Schiavo case:
"What has become interesting," said Peter Singer, a Princeton bioethicist and a leader of the right-to-die movement, "is the extraordinary length to which Congress and the president have gone to insert themselves between the husband's views and what he would wish to do."
Despite that, Singer says the case is not a golden opportunity for people who share his views.
"It's not a classic right-to-die case," he said, "partly because her wishes were uncertain, and there also are conflicting claims about whether she has any awareness at all."
March 22, 2005
Singer Joins Political Debate in Book about Bush's Ethics. Interview with Jennifer Greenstein Altmann. Princeton Weekly Bulletin, June 14, 2004.
March 21, 2005
Singer Gets Respectful Reception. By Harry R. Weber. The Boston Globe, October 5, 2001.
March 17, 2005
Cover Story: Peter Singer. By Bob Abernethy [transcript]. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, September 10, 1999.
March 14, 2005
Talking Taboo with Peter Singer. Interview with Rachael Kohn [transcript]. ABC, February 9, 2001.
March 12, 2005
In a survey published in today's Herald Singer was voted the second most important Australian public intellectual.
March 11, 2005
February 22, 2005
Peter Singer. Interview with Andrew Denton. Enough Rope, October 4, 2004.
On Cloning, Genetic Selection and Animal Rights. Interview with Robyn Williams. The Science Show, August 9, 2003.
February 18, 2005
A kind visitor brings to our attention a DVD entitled 'Peter Singer: A Dangerous Mind': "I just viewed a copy of this DVD thru interlibrary loan, and highly recommend it. It is excellent, and one of a kind. I have never seen such a well done, fair and balanced TV program on Singer's ethical thinking. I don't know if is has ever been broadcast anywhere. I suspect is has been in Australia and Britain, but not in the US. I am trying, in my own little way, to get it broadcast somewhere in the US now." There's also a sample clip and a study guide.
Update: another correspondent informs us that the documentary has been broadcast in Canada, on The Passionate Eye. It has also been shown in Australia and England; thanks to the efforts of the visitor who first notified us of the existence of the DVD, it may soon be broadcast in the US too.
February 15, 2005
The Ethicist. By Christopher Shea. Princeton Alumni Weekly, January 26, 2005.
Unspeakable Conversations. By Harriet McBryde Johnson. The New York Times Magazine, February 16, 2003.
February 14, 2005
February 11, 2005
Ethic Cleansing. The Bulletin, December 15, 2004.
February 4, 2005
Ethics. In Encyclopædia Britannica, Chicago, 1985.
January 31, 2005
Singer's new book, co-authored with Renata Singer, has just been released. Published by Blackwell, The Moral of the Story is an anthology of writings on ethics in literature. (To buy the book, follow this link; the commission will be donated to Oxfam.)
January 28, 2005
Singer Back, with New Food for Thought. By Stephen Cauchi. The Age, January 28, 2005.
January 24, 2005
A Conversation with Peter Singer. Interview with Noel Rooney. NTHPosition, June, 2004.
January 21, 2005
David Oppenheim's Case. Reply to Daniel Mendelsohn. The New York Review of Books, January 15, 2005.
January 17, 2005
'Catastrophe': Apocalypse When? The New York Times, January 2, 2005.
Rootless, Voteless but Happily Floating. (with Renata Singer) The Age, December 26, 2004.
Who Deserves the 9/11 Cash Pile? Slate, December 12, 2001.
January 16, 2005
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