Philosopher Peter Singer to Speak at Yale on Globalization

Peter Singer, among the most influential and controversial living philosophers, will deliver the Dwight Terry Lectures at Yale this year from October 31 to November 9.

Titled “One World: The Ethics and Politics of Globalization,” the series comprises four lectures addressing the moral, economic, environmental and political implications of a “one-world” society.

On Tuesday, October 31, Singer will speak on “Ethics for One World”; on Thursday, November 2, “One Environment”; Wednesday, November 8, “One Economy”; and Thursday, November 9, “Ethics and Politics.” All lectures will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Levinson Auditorium of Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street. There will be a reception following the lecture on October 31 in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Positing a utilitarian view, Singer is best known for raising debates worldwide concerning animal rights and the ethical dilemmas posed by new medical technologies. He has also made significant contributions to public discourse about international economic justice.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Singer was born in 1946 and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Oxford, New York University and La Trobe University, Australia. In 1977, he was appointed to a chair in philosophy at Monash University in Melbourne and subsequently was the founding director of that university’s Centre for Human Bioethics.

Singer was the founding president of the International Association of Bioethics and, with Helga Kuhse, founding co-editor of the journal Bioethics. He first became well known internationally after the publication of his book “Animal Liberation” in 1975. His other books include “Democracy and Disobedience”; “Practical Ethics”; “The Expanding Circle: Ethics and Sociobiology”; “The Reproduction Revolution” (with Deane Wells); “Should the Baby Live?: The Problem of Handicapped Infants” (with Helga Kuhse); “How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest”; and “Rethinking Life and Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics.” He is also the author of a major article on ethics in the current edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Singer’s works have appeared in 19 languages.

Singer joined the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University in 1999 as the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics. Founded in 1990, the Center supports teaching and research about ethical and evaluative issues in public and private life.

The Dwight Terry Lectureship was established in 1905 by a gift from Dwight Harrington Terry of Bridgeport, Connecticut, to endow a series of lectures on religion and its application to human welfare in the light of scientific knowledge and philosophical insights. Yale University Press publishes the lectures in book form. Previous Terry lecturers have included John Dewey, Carl Jung, Margaret Mead, Erich Fromm, Paul Tillich and Rebecca West.

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