Peter Singer
#4615 Overall Influence

Peter Singer

Australian philosopher

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Peter Singer is a well-known Australian moral philosopher, Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, and Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He studied at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford.

Peter Singer first arrived on the scene of international prominence with the publication of Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement in 1975. In this book, he makes a compelling case for eschewing the eating of animals for a life of veganism. His critical essay, “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” was also widely lauded for its advocacy for philanthropic efforts on behalf of the poor.

Among his other books are Democracy and Disobedience, How Are We to Live? Rethinking Life and Death, The President of Good & Evil: Questioning the Ethics of George W. Bush, The Life You Can Save, The Most Good You Can Do, and Ethics in the Real World. Singer holds his appointment at the Center jointly with his appointment as Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, attached to the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. Singer was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2012.

He is founder and board chair of The Life You Can Save, which is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty.

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La Trobe University
La Trobe University

University in Victoria, Australia

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Monash University
Monash University

Public university based in Melbourne, Australia

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University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne

Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria

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New York University
New York University

Private research university in New York City

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Princeton University
Princeton University

Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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#301 World Rank
Philosophy
#6070 World Rank
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