(Study Guide) Singer - A Dangerous Mind

Born in 1946, Professor Peter Singer is a world-renowned utilitarian philosopher who specializes in the field of bioethics. He was educated at Melbourne and Oxford Universities and held senior positions in the Department of Philosophy and the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University before accepting an appointment as Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University (USA) in 1999. The personal portrait of Peter Singer in Singer: A Dangerous Mind traces the development of some the philosopherÕs most influential ideas. Singer is not some remote theorist of life. We learn, for example, that his experience as the father of three daughters and of his motherÕs suffering from AlzheimerÕs Disease have been, formative. Rather than seeing a monster, as Singer is sometimes portrayed, we meet a warmly engaging human being who thinks deeply about serious ethical problems and suggests pragmatic, if confronting, solutions.

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