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Peter Singer


What if software could suffer?

Michael Cook | 03 June 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: artificial intelligence, Jeremy Bentham, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
A thought experiment proves that the reasoning for animal rights is on the wrong track.


Abolishing the age of consent

Jacqueline Laing | 07 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: age of consent, pedophilia, Peter Singer
Campaigns for legalisation and destigmatisation have a long, though not so venerable, history.


A beastly double standard

Clive Hamilton | 25 September 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: bestiality, Peter Singer, same-sex marriage
An Australian Senator is reviled for a slippery slope argument while a philosopher is honoured for celebrating it.


Is Peter Singer a spokesman for the human condition?

Amin Abboud | 15 June 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, bioethics, Peter Singer
This week the Australian government conferred its highest civil honour upon a notorious philosopher.


Is “Yuck!” a good enough reason?

Zac Alstin | 24 February 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: bestiality, ethics, incest, Peter Singer, Yuck factor
Do taboos on incest and infanticide have a rational basis?


Same old, same old

Michael Cook | 10 February 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: ethics, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
The ageing rock star of ethics, Peter Singer, is still playing the same taboo-smashing tunes.


Being human is no big deal

Theron Bowers | 11 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: animal rights, forum, human dignity, Peter Singer
Are human beings just a smarter species of animal or is there something transcendentally different about them?


A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy

Bill Muehlenberg | 28 June 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: animal rights, Peter Singer
An American bioethics writer defends "human exceptionalism" against the sometimes sinister agenda of the animal liberation movement.


Darwin’s disciples today

Carson Holloway | 27 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Darwin, evolution, Peter Singer
Political theorists of all hues claim that Darwin gives scientific credibility to their own theories. One of these is Peter Singer.


Heil Herr Heidegger?

Richard Umbers | 11 November 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Julian Savulescu, Martin Heidegger, Peter Singer, philosophy
An attack on a flawed philosopher shows the deficiencies of political correctness.


The guru of philanthropy

Michael Cook | 04 September 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: human dignity, Peter Singer, philanthropy, poverty
Peter Singer's latest cause is lifting billions out of poverty.


Past your “use by” date? What’s next?

Margaret Somerville | 19 May 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Peter Singer
Dying human beings are not disposable products.


Aping their betters

Margaret Somerville | 05 December 2008 | FEATURES |  
tags: animals, evolution, Peter Singer
If animals co-operate to benefit their community, does it mean they are ethical beings?


Treat your goldfish well – or else!

Michael Cook | 02 May 2008 | FEATURES |  
tags: human dignity, Peter Singer
Depriving a goldfish of fishy companions has become a crime in Switzerland.


Moral sense and non-sense

Marie I. George | 13 February 2008 | FEATURES |  
tags: evolution, human dignity, incest, morality, Peter Singer, Steven Pinker
The new science of morality might sound impressive to those mesmerised by science but is it really new?


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