pátek 30. září 2011

Interview with Peter Singer - On Global Poverty, Human Rights and Ethical Questions

Where are the boundaries of our moral obligations in eradicating global poverty? At what point can we speak of a fetus as a human being? Are we capable of reaching objectivism in ethical questions? For what reason is it necessary to reach reassessment of our view of human rights concept?

Peter Singer, Ira W. De Camp professor of bioethics in the Centre for Human Values at Princeton University and Laureate professor at University of Melbourne, has been standing at the forefront of debates about our ethical obligations and approaching global poverty, euthanasia, abortions and animal rights for more than three decades. The Animal Liberation (1975) book is widely considered as a bible of modern animal rights movement, therefore it is not a surprise, that The New Yorker labeled Peter Singer as „the most influential living philosopher“ and in 2005 Time magazine included him amogst 100 most influential people in the world“. From the other publications we should mention e.g.: The expanding circle: ethics and sociobiology (1981), Practical Ethics (1979), A Companion to Ethics (1991), Rethinking life & death: the collapse of our traditional ethics (1994), A Companion to Bioethics (1998), One World: The Ethics of Globalization (2006), The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter (2006), and The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty (2009). 

While attending his lecture „Animal Liberation: Retrospect and Prospect“ at the University of Melbourne, Peter Singer agreed to provide an exclusive interview to Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democratization, interviewed by Petr Pribyla.

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