- NAME: Peter Singer
- OCCUPATION: Philosopher, Animal Rights Activist, Children's Activist, Civil Rights Activist, Environmental Activist, Women's Rights Activist, Anti-War Activist, Academic Author
- BIRTH DATE: July 06, 1946 (Age: 67)
- EDUCATION: University of Melbourne, University of Oxford
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Melbourne, Australia
- ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
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Peter Singer is an Australian philosopher whose work in applied ethics has led to controversial views on abortion, animal liberation and infanticide.
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In 1999, Princeton University came under heavy fire for its appointment of Singer as the DeCamp Professor at the Center for Human Values.
Princeton's president, Harold Shapiro, stood his ground and quickly defended the decision. "His books, including Animal Liberation and Practical Ethics, have been translated into 15 languages and have been widely taught in ethics classes throughout Europe and the United States, including here at Princeton," wrote Shapiro. "He is a gifted teacher,
whose clarity and originality have made ethical issues come alive to a broad intellectual audience."
With all the controversy, however, has come praise. In 2004 Singer was honored as the Australian Humanist of the Year. Not long after, Time magazine named Singer to its list of the world's 100 most influential people. In June 2012, Singer was also named a Companion of the Order of Australia for his work in philosophy and bioethics.
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