Peter Singer on poverty, animal ethics and utilitarianism
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Abstract: Dr. Singer may be, as The New Yorker calls him, the planet's "most influential living philosopher." He specializes in applied ethics, to which he takes a secular, utilitarian approach -- minimize suffering, maximize well-being. He gained recognition in the 1970s with his groundbreaking book Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for Our Treatment of Animals, which questions society's tendency to put human needs above those of members of other species.