Ethics in the Real World: 86 Brief Essays on Things that Matter
Peter Singer is often described as the world’s most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. The author of important books such as Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death, and The Life You Can Save, he helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. Now, in Et...more
A wonderful collection of short essays, aimed toward every day people. Each designed to introduce some difficult ethical questions to those that may have never been forced to confront them in their day-to-day lives.
The only failure of this book is, in retrospect, actually a success, it being inherent to the function of what the book set out to achieve; the essays are too brief, and as a result, often too black and white. The author, a utilitarian, undoubtedly understood t ...more
The problem, however, is that sometimes the essays are so short that it gives no justice to Singer's thought. I have rea ...more
How can philosophy and ethics be valuable if they only raise questions that cannot be definitively answered? This thought always steered me away from philosophy – why are you sitting here thinking about these empty ideas when, instead, you can use this time to do something useful? I found an answer in this book: just like inventing new technologies, by thinking about and discussing things that m ...more
Australian philosopher and Stanford professor Peter Singer provides bite-sized food for thought in this collection of mini essays on various ethical issues, which was written with a general audience in mind. The essays are organized according to topic, covering everything from animal rights and euthanasia to charitable giving and politics.
As a teenager, these types of ethical questions were ones that I devoured endlessly. I lurked on online forums to discover different viewpoints and delighted ...more
Sydney Morning Herald
‘Peter Singer is a public intellectual par excellence.’
‘Peter Singer may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential.’
‘Lucidly conceived and written, the brief essays in Ethics in the Real World attest to Singer’s enduring facility for wise, clear-headed enquiry into some of the ...more
Singer P (2016) (09:04) Ethics in the Real World - 86 Brief Essays on Things that Matter
01. The Value of a Pale Blue Dot (from Project Syndicate, May 14, 2009)
02. Does Anything Matter? (from Project Syndicate, June 13, 2011)
03. Is There Moral Progress? (from Project Syndicate, April 14, 2008)
04. God and Suffering, Again (from Free Inquiry, a publication of the Council for Secular Humanism, a program of the Center for Inquiry, O ...more
Putting aside the merits, or lack of them, of the arguments is very sad when you only find those ideas that a) make the author feel superior to the rest on mankind, b) Help insure his status and material well being.
Of course thinking about the issues would threaten not only his pocket but his vision of himself.
And that is what I desire from a real "lover of wisdom"
A single example: a single old badly tuned car in Caracas puts out more pollution in an hour than a thou ...more
This book was mind opening. The criticism I have it some essays are too simple, may be the author wanted to make it accessible to the casual newspaper reader.
In 2005 Time mag ...more