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Peter Singer

Peter Singer

Writing for PS since 2001
217 commentaries
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Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, is Founder of the nonprofit organization The Life You Can Save. His books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Ethics of What We Eat (with Jim Mason), Rethinking Life and Death, The Point of View of the Universe, co-authored with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, The Most Good You Can Do, Famine, Affluence, and Morality, One World Now, Ethics in the Real WorldWhy Vegan?, and Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction, also with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek. In April 2021, W.W. Norton published his new edition of Apuleius’s The Golden Ass. In 2013, he was named the world's third "most influential contemporary thinker" by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

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  1. Will the Catholic Church Rethink Contraception?
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    Will the Catholic Church Rethink Contraception?

    Mar 7, 2023 Peter Singer welcomes the Vatican’s long-overdue openness to theological questioning of an outdated doctrine

  2. Quitting While on Top
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    Quitting While on Top

    Feb 10, 2023 Peter Singer considers why popular political leaders and champion athletes walk away at the peak of their careers.

  3. In Defense of the Art-Targeting Climate Activists
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    In Defense of the Art-Targeting Climate Activists

    Jan 3, 2023 Peter Singer shows why eco-activists can properly claim that their non-violent civil disobedience is justified.

  4. Has the FTX Debacle Discredited Effective Altruism?
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    Has the FTX Debacle Discredited Effective Altruism?

    Nov 23, 2022 Peter Singer argues that Sam Bankman-Fried's alleged financial malpractice was an unjustified means to a laudable end.

  5. Free Speech for Whom?
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    Free Speech for Whom?

    Nov 7, 2022 Peter Singer unpacks Elon Musk’s reference, after purchasing Twitter, to promoting “healthy debate” on the platform.

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    The Other Conflict on Europe’s Doorstep

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen warns that Azerbaijan may be preparing to renew its military aggression against neighboring Armenia.
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    Let the Banks Burn

    Yanis Varoufakis

    The banking system we take for granted is unfixable. The good news is that we no longer need to rely on any private, rent-seeking, socially destabilizing network of banks, at least not the way we have so far.

    shows why the current private system is unfixable – and why we don’t need to tolerate it anymore.
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    How China Benefits from Another US Banking Crisis

    Stephen S. Roach thinks America’s latest financial trouble will reinforce a narrative of terminal national decline.
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    Xi Jinping’s Chinese Tragedy

    Orville Schell interviewed by Irena Grudzińska Gross

    Like Vladimir Putin, China's leader is so steeped in a narrative of victimhood and fearful of appearing weak that it is hard to imagine him ever leading China out of the mess he has created. He could well be remembered as the leader who squandered history's most remarkable economic success story.

    about the country's increasingly worrisome trajectory, both at home and abroad.
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    Artificial Idiocy

    Slavoj Žižek fears that the rise of powerful chatbots will spell the death of irony and nuance in human thought.
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    Localizing Development Research

    Julia Kaufman & Jane Wanjiku Mariara explain why funders should be providing more long-term resources to researchers in developing countries.
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    The Simplest Fix for Banking

    Jan Eeckhout explains how central bank digital currencies would end bank runs and banks' excessive risk-taking.
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    America’s Interest in Ending the Ukraine Crisis

    Brahma Chellaney explains why prolonging the conflict risks realizing the West’s worst geopolitical nightmare.
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    America’s Industrial Policy Is Counterproductive

    Anne O. Krueger laments that the Biden administration is adding red tape to an inefficient subsidy program.

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