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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.
The book has some good information, but it relies too much on The Golden Rule......Do unto others.
While it is true, it is a bit of an elementary explanation for everything.
Proves a point mostly by bringing up straw men and knocking them down.Published 4 months ago by Jonathon Wordsworth
Singer stands out among the giants like Hitler, Pol Pot and all others who feel that there needs to be a purge of deficient individuals. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 20 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