Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. After teaching in England, the United States and Australia, he has, since 1999, been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. In 2021 he was awarded the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture.
Singer first became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. In 2011 Time included Animal Liberation on its “All-TIME” list of the 100 best nonfiction books published in English since the magazine began, in 1923. Singer’s book The Life You Can Save, first published in 2009, led him to found a non-profit organization of the same name that has raised more than US$35 million for the most effective charities assisting people in extreme poverty.
Singer has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 50 books, and his writings have been translated into more than 30 languages. Some of his other well-known books are: Practical Ethics, The Expanding Circle, How Are We to Live?, Rethinking Life and Death, Pushing Time Away; Ethics in the Real World, and Why Vegan? He has recently edited a new edition of what may be the world’s earliest surviving novel, The Golden Ass, by Apuleius.
In 2012 Singer was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the nation’s highest civic honor. Since 2021, he has been a founding co-editor of the Journal of Controversial Ideas.
Cited Works (In order of reference)
Singer, Peter. “The Value of a Pale Blue Dot by Peter Singer.” Project Syndicate, 14 May 2009.
Harrison, Ruth. Animal Machines: The New Factory Farming Industry. Ballantine Books, 1966.
Singer, Peter. Rethinking Life & Death : the Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics. St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
Singer, Peter. “Is Doping Wrong? by Peter Singer.” Project Syndicate, 14 Aug. 2007.
Singer, Peter. Ethics in the Real World : 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter. Princeton University Press, 2017.
Smart, J. J. C. (John Jamieson Carswell), and Bernard Williams. Utilitarianism; for and Against. University Press, 1973.