Peter Singer

Professor Peter Singer

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, AC
  • Fellow Type: Corresponding Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 1981


Peter Singer is an Australian moral philosopher. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, utilitarian perspective. On two occasions, Singer served as chair of the philosophy department at Monash University, where he founded its Centre for Human Bioethics. In 2004 Singer was recognised as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies, and in 2006 he was voted one of Australia’s 10 most influential public intellectuals. Singer is a co-founder of Animals Australia and the founder of The Life You Can Save.

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