A conversation with Peter Singer

 

Australian Professor Peter Singer is one of the world’s most controversial and influential thinkers, called “the most influential living philosopher” by The New Yorker.

His book The Life You Can Save questions whether any of us can truly be living ethically if we are not giving all we can to save lives, whether those lives are in our line of sight or not.

This video sums up The Life You Can Save in three minutes. The book sparked a movement, also called The Life You Can Save, where people pledge to give a percentage of their own income to effective charities that work to overcome some of the world’s most pressing problems.

New book The Most Good You Can Do delves deeper into effective altruism, exploring the motivations and outcomes of people choosing to give large portions of their income away.

His TEDx Talk “The Why and How of Effective Altruism” has had over one million views and makes a convincing argument for giving what we can. His argument is provocative, because by his suggested standard we are almost all living unethically.

In 2012 Scientific American described his work as “challenging, not because his writing is difficult to understand but because it is all too clear. He…has a knack for pushing people out of their moral comfort zone.”

We were honoured and delighted to have Peter Singer speaking with us on our Fact & Action Call on Sunday March 29 at 3:30pm AEDT as we ramp up our efforts to prevent life-saving aid from devastating cuts in the May budget. We discussed the philosophy of The Life You Can Save, how this applies to Australian aid, and why we need to talk about aid.

Listen to our conversation here

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