Peter Singer
Nicholas Dent
In Ted Honderich (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, Oxford, 1995, p. 827

Best known for his writing in areas of applied ethics, starting with his best-selling Animal Liberation (London, 1976), in which he argues that most treatment meted out to animals is morally intolerable.

He has continued to write about such issues, but has also put the ideas and theories of moral philosophy to work to provide assessments of the morality of euthanasia, in vitro fertilization, the distribution of world resources, and many allied topics (see especially his Practical Ethics (Cambridge, 1979) ). His work is marked by a strong commitment to utilitarianism and by a wish to displace the morality of what he has referred to as the 'Judaeo-Christian inheritance'. He lives and works in Australia, where he has served on a number of government committees, and been a Director of a Centre for Human Bioethics. He has also held many visiting professorships.


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