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Peter Singer

Peter Singer

Writing for PS since 2001
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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. He is a co-author (with Shih Chao-Hwei) of The Buddhist and the Ethicist (Shambhala Publications, 2023).

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  1. The Competitive Edge of Doing Good
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    The Competitive Edge of Doing Good

    Feb 8, 2024 Peter Singer explains why companies that donate 100% of their profits to effective charities often end up doing very well.

  2. Killing Innocents in Israel and Gaza
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    Killing Innocents in Israel and Gaza

    Jan 5, 2024 Peter Singer says that while Israelis' desire for revenge for October 7 is not wrong, choosing to act on it is.

  3. A Bargain in Saving Lives
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    A Bargain in Saving Lives

    Dec 11, 2023 Peter Singer urges the swift approval and rapid production of a new, low-cost malaria vaccine that can save millions of lives.

  4. When Do We Die?
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    When Do We Die?

    Nov 1, 2023 Peter Singer & Charles Camosy argue that if there was ever a consensus that “brain death” is death, it no longer exists.

  5. The Spiral of Violence that Led to Hamas
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    The Spiral of Violence that Led to Hamas

    Oct 11, 2023 Peter Singer examines the 30-year dynamic that has cemented power for Palestinian and Israeli extremists alike.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

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    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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