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PHL 115 What Every Educated Person Should Know about Peter Singer
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What is his nationality?
What book first made him famous? When was it published?
Animal Liberation, 1975 - had recipes in it.
What article about famine also made him famous? When was it published?
Famine, Affluence, and Morality, 1972
What are his views about:
Eating animals raised on industrial farms?
We should not eat animals
Donating to famine relief?
Believes we should give (Utilitarian)
Living simply so that others can simply live
We should as long as it improves the lives of others. Don't do it just for the warm glow
Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on anencephalic human infants or late-stage Alzheimer's patient?
Not worth the money
The sanctity of human life?
believes the notion of the sanctity of life ought to be discarded as outdated, unscientific, and irrelevant to understanding problems in contemporary bioethics.
Basing ethics on religious metaphysics?
How do his views stem from his utilitarianism?
He believes in universalizing basic needs. One's own interests cannot count for more than the interests of others. Taking these into account, one must weigh them up and adopt the course of action that is most likely to maximize the interests of those affected; utilitarianism has been arrived at.
How was he silenced in Austria for his views?
How did wealthy Conservatives try to block his appointment at Princeton University?
Pulling donations to the university
Does he have a PhD?
When was he visiting at NYU?
16 months 1976/1977
Why does "Not Dead Yet" oppose him?
Not Dead Yet demands the equal protection of the law for the targets of so called "mercy killing" whose lives are seen as worth-less.
What is the charge that he is a hypocrite about the death of his own mother?
Singers mother had Alzheimer's or dementia and did not kill her
In his defense, he was not primary caretaker.
How long has he been married? How many children does he have?
Since 1968 he has been married to Renata Singer; they have three children: Ruth, Marion, and Esther.
Where does he teach? (3 places)
Princeton University, University of Melbourne, and Monash University
Why did he call on Jill Stein to withdraw from the last Presidential election in America?
Because the race was too close and the stakes were too high
What is Singer's ethnic background? What happened to his grandparents under the Nazis?
Jews from Austria who migrated to Australia
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