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Peter Singer


One World: The Ethics and Politics of Globalization

Peter Singer is among the most influential and most controversial moral philosophers alive. Positing a utilitarian view, he has helped shape debates worldwide concerning animal rights and the ethical dilemmas posed by new medical technologies that blur the boundaries between life and death. He has also made significant contributions to debate about international economic justice, in which he has long been interested.

In his Terry lectureship he discussed ethical problems related to globalization. The overall title for his lectures was: "One World: The Ethics and Politics of Globalization." The titles for his four lectures were: "Ethics for One World;" "One Environment;" "One Economy;" and "Ethics and Politics."

Professor Singer joined the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University as Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in 1999. Founded in 1990, the Center supports teaching and research about ethical and evaluative issues in public and private life.

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1946, Professor Singer was educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Oxford, New York University, and La Trobe University. In 1977, he was appointed to a chair in philosophy at Monash University in Melbourne and subsequently was the founding director of that university's Centre for Human Bioethics.

Professor Singer was the founding president of the International Association of Bioethics and, with Helga Kuhse, founding coeditor of the journal Bioethics. He first became well known internationally after the publication of his book Animal Liberation in 1975. His other books include Democracy and Disobedience; Practical Ethics; The Expanding Circle: Ethics and Sociobiology; Marx; Hegel; Animal Factories (with Jim Mason); The Reproduction Revolution (with Deane Wells); Should the Baby Live?: The Problem of Handicapped Infants (with Helga Kuhse); How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest; Rethinking Life and Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics; and Ethics into Action: Henry Spira and the Animal Rights Movement. Singer’s works have appeared in nineteen languages. He is also the author of a major article on ethics in the current edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.


One World: The Ethics and Politics of Globalization
October 31, 2000 Ethics for One World  
November 2, 2000 One Environment  
November 8. 2000 One Economy  
November 9, 2000 Ethics and Politics  

Singer's book, One World: The Ethics and Politics of Globalization, published from the lecture is available at Yale University Press.