A fully updated and expanded edition of Peter Singer’s powerful collection, including 37 new essays.
Free speech and fake news, stopping Putin, pandemic ethics, climate change, extreme poverty, abortion, euthanasia, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, happiness, climbing Mt Everest, the parenting style of elephants, our relationship with kangaroos and colonising space.
One of the world’s most influential philosophers brings clarity, focus and brilliant analysis to a wide range of current real-world ethical matters. These provocative short essays will challenge—and possibly change—the way you think.
‘Peter Singer’s status as a man of principles and towering intellect—a philosopher extraordinaire, if you will—is unrivalled in Australia.’
‘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 most pressing issues we face. It is not a manifesto for utilitarianism, but a convincing case for philosophy’s continued engagement with ethical questions that matter in the real world.’
‘Peter Singer may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential.’
‘Peter Singer is a public intellectual par excellence.‘
‘[Singer] present the issues and arguments with a lucidity, accessibility, and sharpness reminiscent of Bertrand Russell…Ethics in the Real World will undoubtedly be a force for the good.’
‘Peter Singer might well be the most important philosopher alive. He is certainly one of the most enjoyable to read, and it’s a joy to browse through this collection of his smart short essays. This is public philosophy at its best—clear, controversial, and deeply rational.’