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Peter Singer

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University as well as Laureate Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne.

He is the co-founder of The Life You Can Save, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas about why we should be doing much more to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty.

Books by Peter Singer

Interviews with Peter Singer

Peter Singer on Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

The nineteenth century saw not only a widespread interest in philosophical ideas but also philosophy’s development as a more rigorous discipline. Australian philosopher Peter Singer introduces us to the highlights of a century of philosophy books.

Interviews where books by Peter Singer were recommended

The best books on Ethical Problems, recommended by David Edmonds

Given the choice between allowing five people to die, and killing one person, what would you do? What is the utilitarian argument for vegetarianism? Should we be able to sell our kidneys? The philosopher suggests some answers and picks the best books on ‘ethical problems.’

The best books on Effective Altruism, recommended by Will MacAskill

Should you feel responsible for helping the world become better? And if so, how should you use your time, money, and career to have the biggest possible impact? These are the questions addressed by the effective altruism movement. One of its leading figures, Will MacAskill, recommends the best books to answer them.

Best Philosophy Books of 2016, recommended by Nigel Warburton

Philosophy raises fundamental questions about the world around us and how we should live our lives. Fortunately, a range of popular books now available mean you too can grapple with some of these issues. Philosopher and author Nigel Warburton picks his favourite philosophy books of 2016.

The best books on Longtermism, recommended by Will MacAskill

There is so much suffering in today’s world it’s hard to focus attention on future generations, but that’s exactly what we should be doing, says Will MacAskill, a leader of the effective altruism movement. Here, he introduces books that contributed to his thinking about the long-term future and the “silent billions” who are not yet able to speak for themselves.

The best books on Aid Work, recommended by Cassie Knight

From 2001 to 2003, Cassie Knight lived and worked in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, managing a humanitarian aid program after the 1999 civil war. Here, she recommends books on aid work, and its realities as well as inspiring books about it.

The best books on How to Be Good, recommended by Massimo Pigliucci

Many of us aspire to do the right thing when faced with ethical choices, but for ancient philosophers being a good person involved a much broader look at our behaviour and life choices. Here, Massimo Pigliucci, a practising Stoic and philosophy professor at City College of New York, recommends books on being good, from the ancient sages to modern thinkers.

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