Peter Singer Under Fire: The Moral Iconoclast Faces His Critics

Peter Singer Under Fire: The Moral Iconoclast Faces His Critics

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One of the leading ethical thinkers of the modern age, Peter Singer has repeatedly been embroiled in controversy. Protesters in Germany closed down his lectures, mistakenly thinking he was advocating Nazi views on eugenics. Conservative publisher Steve Forbes withdrew generous donations to Princeton after Singer was appointed professor of bioethics. His belief that infanticide is sometimes morally justified has appalled people from all walks of life. Peter Singer Under Fire gives a platform to his critics on many contentious issues. Leaders of the disability rights group Not Dead Yet attack Singer's views on disability and euthanasia. Economists criticize the effectiveness of his ideas for solving global poverty. Philosophers expose problems in Singer's theory of utilitarianism and ethicists refute his position on abortion. Singer's engaging "Intellectual Autobiography" explains how he came by his controversial views, while detailed replies to each critic reveal further surprising aspects of his unique outlook.

Author: Jeffrey A. Schaler
Publisher: Open Court
Published: 09/01/2009
Pages: 640
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.76lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 1.40d
ISBN: 9780812696189

Review Citation(s):
Choice 02/01/2010
New York Review of Books 03/25/2010 pg. 24
Reference and Research Bk News 11/01/2009 pg. 5