Singer first gained eminence for his profoundly important early work on animal rights, arguing convincingly for vegetarianism and against the commonplace cruel treatment of animals by large commercial interests. However, he has probably attracted the most notoriety for his much-maligned writings in defense of abortion rights and certain forms of euthanasia. Singer is frequently misunderstood, misquoted, and demonized. Ironically, the ferocity of his detractors--particularly during his appointment as DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University--has generated nearly unheard-of exposure for an academic philosopher. While a small portion of Singer's work has been catapulted into the limelight, lay audiences have often overlooked other equally important ideas--unfortunate, because he is a wonderfully plainspoken and powerful writer: "Where so many are in such great need, indulgence in luxury is not morally neutral, and the fact that we have not killed anyone is not enough to make us morally decent citizens of the world." It is no wonder Singer is so controversial and influential. --Eric de Place --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
While I tended to agree with most of Singer's conclusions... This book challenged (and still challenges) my own presumptions about morality and ethics. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shaun J.
I was interested in animal liberation but now I have
learned about other very interesting subjects which
are as well very important in our life.
Singer believes that "no newborn should be considered a person until 30 days after birth and that the attending physician should kill some disabled babies on the spot. Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by Violets
Even though I agree with most of what he says, I still feel vaguely dissatisfied, like his thoughts aren't the last word on any of the topics he covers. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by Miles
This book was perhaps the most lucid, convincing philosophical work I have ever read. It's arguments are broad and invigoratingly relevant. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by Jason LK
another excellent book from peter singer. always a pleasure to read good sense, well written. ranges across important issues about human values such as fear and honesty.Published on April 26, 2010 by Astraea net
This is a book you should read in your teens or even before. As an adult, I found it tedious, obvious and even boring. Read morePublished on June 17, 2009 by Anthony Lawrence
This book is well thought out and clearly organized in thought. Singer is someone that knows what he is talking about regarding what is really living an Ethical Life. Read morePublished on May 16, 2009 by Muddy
For some reason I thought this would be a spiritual look at philosophy, life, etc. ... a more "light", eastern-style book. Read morePublished on August 25, 2006 by yippee1999