| Peter Singer |
|Born||6 July 1946|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Alma mater||Scotch College, University of Melbourne, University College (Oxford)|
|Interests|| • The Good Club|
Bioethicist favored by Bill Gates. Wants to "break the taboo" surrounding overpopulation.
Peter Albert David Singer is an Australian moral philosopher of Austrian-Jewish descent. He is much favored by the richest people in the world for his opinions, and Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University.
|Peter Singer: I disagree with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Premier Unbelievable - 2018.|
Considered a utilitarian, he is particularly known as a supporter of active euthanasia, and the right for parents to end a baby’s life if the infant faces prolonged suffering (from a severe disability or brain injury, for example). He is also known for his authorship of the book Animal Liberation, considered by many to be the bible of the animal rights movement.
Singer came up with the concept of "effective altruism", where the greatest good is created by pursuing a high-earning career and then donating huge sums of money to "effective" projects. The movement has spawned billionaire acolytes including Bill Gates and Nicolas Berggruen, and Sam Bankman-Fried.
According to Singer there's only one way to end world hunger and combat climate change: break the taboo surrounding overpopulation. "It seems at the very least reasonable to ask whether the fast population growth of the world’s poorest countries is a good thing for the people living there. And if the answer is ‘no’, the next question is: What would an ethically responsible solution to this issue look like?" According to Singer, investing in girls’ education and providing contraceptive are the two measures least likely to cause ethical problems. But he muses "will these measures be sufficient? We don’t yet know the answer to this question, so we’ll simply have to find out."
Singer is a regular contributor to Project Syndicate, an outfit financed by Bill Gates and George Soros, providing free op-eds to a large number of corporate media around the world.
- ↑ a b https://www.afr.com/life-and-luxury/arts-and-culture/how-philosopher-peter-singer-came-to-appreciate-billionaires-20210719-p58awm
- ↑ https://www.jstor.org/stable/27903330
- ↑ https://philpapers.org/rec/SINDI
- ↑ https://www.harryhartog.com.au/products/animal-liberation-peter-singer-9781847923844
- ↑ https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/23458282/effective-altruism-sam-bankman-fried-ftx-crypto-ethics
- ↑ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-04-03/sam-bankman-fried-ftx-s-crypto-billionaire-who-wants-to-give-his-fortune-away
- ↑ https://www.ru.nl/@1168335/peter-singer-more-taboo-population-control/
- ↑ https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/talking-about-overpopulation-is-still-taboo-that-has-to-change/2018/06/18/ca7c1838-6e6f-11e8-afd5-778aca903bbe_story.html
- ↑ https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/rethinking-population-control-taboo-by-peter-singer-and-frances-kissling-2017-08